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29 May 2016 description

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  • In February 2016, HAC commissioner in Ed Deain informed the humanitarian community of the arrival of South Sudanese (SS) in Khor Omer IDP camp in Ed Deain. The arrivals of SS were reported in March 2016 by HAC and SRCS in the different localities of East Darfur State. Due to inaccessibility to these areas, the humanitarian assessment was delayed until 10-11 May 2016.

26 Jun 2015 description

By David Tereshchuk*

June 25, 2015—In remote villages of the world’s newest country, South Sudan, communities are making strides in learning about and addressing the need for comprehensive sanitation change to improve the health and well-being of their members.

In the state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is supporting those efforts through an approach known as Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).

16 Apr 2015 description

By David Tereshchuk*

April 14, 2015—South Sudan is the world’s youngest nation, having gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after a long civil war. Since then, the South Sudanese people have been working to build their new nation, even as they face significant challenges.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has served the region since 2006. After South Sudan independence, it set up a country office in Juba, the capital, from which it managed its ongoing work in Central Equatoria and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states.

16 Jan 2015 description

By Susan Kim*

January 15, 2015—While relaxing and reading the Dayton Daily News in 1999, an advertisement caught Mike Slaughter's eye: BMW had just released a new luxury sedan. On a facing page was a heart-wrenching photograph of a child, emaciated with hunger, from Sudan. The two words—sedan, Sudan—and their juxtaposition struck a chord in Slaughter.

Sedan, Sudan. Sedan, Sudan.

25 Feb 2013 description

By David Tereshchuk

February 25, 2013—Since it split off from Sudan in 2011 after a long and brutal civil war, the new country of South Sudan has found its young life fraught with challenges.

But in one state at least, Northern Bahr el Ghazal (NBEG) on the new international border, which has taken in a heavy number of returning South Sudanese refugees, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is making progress in the vital area of water and sanitation.

14 Sep 2012 description

September 14, 2012—UMCOR has been working in South Sudan since 2006. Its focus has been on improving conditions for thousands of internally displaced persons, who live in camps and often lack access to basic hygiene and education. UMCOR has built schools, constructed latrines, and worked with communities to build self-sufficiency. UMCOR is currently developing programs in maternal and child health.

02 Jul 2012 description

By David Tereshchuk*

July 2, 2012—Independence Day is coming – and not only in the US.

July 9 marks the first anniversary of South Sudan’s existence as an independent country, finally separate from Khartoum-ruled Sudan after a long, bloody war.

The fledgling nation is beset by many challenges, not least of course, those resulting from the years of conflict (which disturbingly flare up again at times even today).

18 Jan 2012 description

HAITI: BUILDING HOMES

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Eglise Methodiste d’Hait (EMH) are working together to build 40 homes in two communities that were heavily affected by the 2010 Haitian earthquake. World Hands Alliance and Homes for Haitians are also partners in the project.

Each home has 40 square meters of interior space, a toilet, shower facility, kitchen facility, and water storage capacity. Twenty will be built in each of the communities of Mellier and Carrefour.

06 Jan 2012 description

January 5, 2012—Twenty-one years of war have limited opportunities for education, livelihoods and businesses in South Sudan. Life has been hard. We were poor without a future. After the referendum, there was a new life, we started to rebuild houses and cultivate farms. A program for fish farming was started in Yei County from the neighboring country of Uganda, but it failed due to lack of skill and experience in the community.