Juba, 25 November 2008: The United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Sir John Holmes, will visit Juba, Southern Sudan from 27th - 28th November as part of his six day working visit to various humanitarian emergency operations in Sudan. Sir Holmes will brief journalists on Friday 28th November at 14:30 pm in front of the Juba Teaching Hospital, immediately after completing a tour of the hospital.
For further details please contact:
Orla Clinton, Head, Advocacy and Information and RC/HC Spokesperson: Email: Clinton@un.org, Tel: +249912174454
Jim Ocitti, Public Information Officer/Spokesperson for UN Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Email: email@example.com, Phone: +256477171623;
Clever Maputseni, Reporting Officer, UNOCHA, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: +249 912 179 082
- Over 6,542 people displaced to Western Equatoria State
- 3,8 million children have been immunized against measles since 2005
I. CURRENT ISSUES
Refugee influx and displacements in Western Equatorial State (WES)
As at 17 November, 6,542 people had been displaced by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels since September 2008 and 4,509 of them were refugees from DR Congo. The LRA rebels are attacking from their Garamba Forest base in eastern DR Congo. Southern Sudan areas bordering that area are being affected by the renewed attacks. UNHCR and local authorities are working out possible options for setting up a camp for the refugees given the continued presence of the LRA rebels close to the border on the DR Congo side.
If the LRA attacks continue, the refugee influx and displacements are feared to spill over into Central Equatoria State. MSF Spain is providing medical treatment for IDPs and refugees in Gangura and Sakure. The second round distribution of food aid for November to all refugees and IDPs spread out over the various locations in Western Equatoria State (WES) was completed. World Vision is distributing WFP food and non-food items. Office and accommodation space remain challenges for UNHCR since UNICEF is closing its base in Yambio. UNHCR is working with UNICEF, WVI, MSF-B and SSRRC on this emergency.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.