South Sudan

Humanitarians come to aid of displaced in Jonglei

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Approximately 7,100 people internally displaced by the fighting in Jonglei are being assisted with food and clothing, as the UN family and local and international humanitarian agencies in South Sudan rally to the aid of the internally displaced people (IDPs) from Twic East and Bor counties.

According to James Jok Alier, the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) coordinator in the area, the IDPs are mainly women, children and elderly people.

Food rations include about 7 kg of cereals, 1 kg of beans, half a kilo of vegetable oil, and a measure of salt per person per day. Food supplies are expected to last for about two weeks.

In addition, aid groups are handing out carpets, blankets, jerry cans, saucepans, plates, mosquito nets, bars of soap and cups, according to Alier.

The support is appreciated by one man displaced by the violence, Deng Lueth, but he said the food ration isn't enough to feed his family two meals a day.

Shelter is also a problem, according to Lueth. "We do not have any place to put our carpets at the moment."

For Ayor Wuoi, who lost her husband during the attack on Kapaat village and is now looking after four children on her own, life is longer the same.

"My husband used to hunt animals to feed our children. I do not know how I can manage the children, now that he is no more," she said.

RRC County Coordinator Alier said they are seeking secure land to accomodate the IDPs for the time being.