South Sudan Crisis Regional Response Appeal - May 2014
Regional Response Appeal to assist displaced populations
Following the South Sudan crisis which has left many people killed and displaced, NRC has launched a regional emergency appeal to make it possible for a meaningful humanitarian action to take place.
During a recent visit to Awerial, NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland witnessed the poor conditions that internally displaced persons were living in, with multiple families clustered around every tree or bush seeking shelter from harsh climate.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than one million South Sudanese have become displaced from their homes. Additionally, more than 200,000 have fled across borders into Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan. Hopefully, together we can be able to provide urgent and meaningful assistance to the people of South Sudan and other countries in the region.
NRC was recently represented at the High Level Humanitarian Conference on South Sudan held on 19th and 20th of May in Oslo, Norway. Aid agencies are seeking a total of US$1.8 billion this year for South Sudan to save lives, prevent a famine and avert the loss of another generation of South Sudanese children.
Emergency rapid response teams have been deployed into the country to provide assistance to displaced populations in the two main camps in Juba and further north to Awerial County, Lakes state where approximately 75,000 IDPs, mostly from Jonglei, are being hosted.
Through its deployments, NRC has been able to provide non-food items and shelters to 12,000 households (72,000 individuals) and legal assistance and counselling services to 1,052 people. 1,997 pupils in Awerial, Lakes State and an additional 489 in Central Equatoria are benefitting from education-in-emergency programme. NRC has also constructed temporary houses which are sheltering 440 families, and is providing legal and counselling services to 2,372 people.
NRC is working together with UNHCR to support recurrent conflict IDPs in Unity State. In June, NRC distributed 7,000 NFIs to displaced and vulnerable host community families, and plans to open a new operational base within the State from where emergency operations will be rolled out to Koch and Panyijar.