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Cologne. The civil war in South Sudan has taken its toll on neighboring country Uganda. The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda has now reached the million mark. Many of these refugees make the journey across the border, not just because of the Uganda’s proximity, but also as a result of the country’s welcoming approach to hosting refugees. “Uganda has provided a true and outstanding neighborly aid”, said Alexander Tacke-Köster, Program Coordination for Malteser International in Uganda.
Cologne. Malteser International is appealing to the general public to make donations for the needy in Africa. Around 24 million people on the continent are currently facing starvation and their situation is becoming increasingly critical. “Climate change is not solely responsible for the current hunger crisis. Violent conflict, unequal distribution, and poor governance are also contributing factors.” said Sid Peruvemba, Vice-Secretary General of Malteser International.
Malteser International delivers quick emergency relief
Cologne. The ongoing unrest in South Sudan is responsible for a continued flight to already poverty-stricken and financially strained neighboring countries. Around 800,000 South Sudanese people have already left their home of origin. Even in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country itself dependent on international aid, more than 27,000 refugees from South Sudan have fled across the border. At the same time thousands of Congolese are returning to their homeland from South Sudan.
According to new UN figures, six million people – or more than half of the total population – are in need of humanitarian aid in South Sudan, the world’s newest independent country. Unrest returned to the country as it celebrated five years of independence at the beginning of July, almost a year since the conclusion of a tentative ceasefire that put a hold on years of bloody civil war. Since then, persistent outbreaks of violence have kept South Sudan and the international community on edge.
Malteser International distributes food, seeds to displaced population
Cologne/Juba. In South Sudan’s Western Equatoria, Malteser International is distributing staple foods such as corn, rice, beans, and cooking oil to 7,500 people at risk of starvation after being displaced by the country’s civil war. In addition, the agency is distributing corn and peanut seeds as well as farming tools for the next planting season.
Cologne. As the civil crisis in South Sudan continues to deepen, Malteser International is intensifying relief to those displaced by the ongoing civil war. 1.3 million people have fled the violence to safer places within the country and to neighboring countries, and are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.
New well brings clean water to Rhino camp residents
Support for four health posts on the border and in refugee camp
Malteser International is responding to a new humanitarian crisis after recent clashes between rebels and the Congolese army drove tens of thousands in DR Congo over the border into Uganda. Around 70,000 people streamed into the poorly developed Bundibugyo district within a short period of time starting in mid-July, following an attack from the rebel Allied Democratic Forces in the Congolese town of Kamango.
Cologne. Malteser International is distributing foodstuff to more than 48,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). "We can now reach even more people than last year", says Dennis Müller, Congo expert of Malteser International. "The people had to flee the heavy fighting between the Congolese army and the rebels. Although there is a ceasefire now, most of them do not dare to go back to their villages", Müller explains.
Cologne/Budalangi. „The situation here in Kenya is much more dramatic and much worse than I had expected", Dr. Georg Nothelle, Head of the Africa-Desk of Malteser International reports from Budalangi. Dr. Nothelle currently is in Kenya to coordinate the relief measures of Malteser International. "In the district of Busia, a dike burst, several villages have been completely inundated, 28,000 people are concerned", Nothelle says. Thousands have fled the inundated areas. In Magombe, 1,750 people are searching help in the health centre.
Cologne/Kampala. Due to the alarming number of people suffering from meningitis in the DR Congo and Uganda, Malteser International is implementing a vaccination campaign in Uganda on 5 February. More than 200,000 people are about to be vaccinated thereby assuring long-term protection.