News / Africa

First Aid Reaches S. Sudanese Displaced in Malakal

Internally displaced people carry water from outside as they walk toward the entrance of a United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan base in Malakal, Feb. 6, 2014.
Internally displaced people carry water from outside as they walk toward the entrance of a United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan base in Malakal, Feb. 6, 2014.
Lisa Schlein
The U.N. refugee agency reports basic relief supplies are being distributed to thousands of people who have been trapped by fighting in Malakal in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State.  The UNHCR says this is the first aid to reach displaced people in this region since fighting broke out in mid-December.

The U.N. refugee agency began distributing supplies to the displaced outside the U.N. base in Malakal earlier this week.  The agency said it has given aid to more than 3,000 people and hoped to reach its target group of 10,000 by the end of next week.

Estimated Number of Displaced South Sudanese, Internally and in Neighboring CountriesEstimated Number of Displaced South Sudanese, Internally and in Neighboring Countries
x
Estimated Number of Displaced South Sudanese, Internally and in Neighboring Countries
Estimated Number of Displaced South Sudanese, Internally and in Neighboring Countries
Malakal, the capital of South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, is located some 600 kilometers north of the country’s capital Juba.  Last month, the city was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting since the conflict between government and rebel forces erupted in mid-December.

The U.N. estimates around 38,000 people are displaced inside Malakal.  This includes about 28,000 who are sheltering in the U.N. base.  UNHCR spokeswoman, Fatoumata Le Jeune-Kaba said until now agencies have not been able to deliver aid to those living outside the UN compound because of widespread looting of humanitarian goods.

A map by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) showing the number and percentages of South Sudanese facing severe, acute food insecurity as of the end of January 2014.A map by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) showing the number and percentages of South Sudanese facing severe, acute food insecurity as of the end of January 2014.
x
A map by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) showing the number and percentages of South Sudanese facing severe, acute food insecurity as of the end of January 2014.
A map by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) showing the number and percentages of South Sudanese facing severe, acute food insecurity as of the end of January 2014.
“We are taking advantage of the relative calm following the signing of the cease-fire of hostilities agreement between the warring forces on 23rd January to deliver aid to the most vulnerable…There are mainly women and children.  There are many elderly people among the displaced as well.  To reach the city of Malakal, some said they had to use boats to cross the river while others had to swim.  Some women also said they walked for hours with their children before they could cross,” she said. 
 
Le Jeune-Kaba said most of those who have fled their homes are staying in schools and other sites.  She said people feared the current calm in the country would not last.  Many said they felt insecure despite the truce.  She said the city of Malakal itself was largely deserted and civilians continued to flee to and from it. 

Le Jeune-Kaba said the current truce was giving some people thinking of seeking asylum in neighboring countries pause to rethink their decision. 

“Near the border with Uganda where…thousands of people had moved to because they wanted to see how the situation would go before they decide to cross and become refugees inside Uganda.  For example, since the signing of the cease-fire agreement, some of these people felt they could stay within so they needed assistance because they were no longer living at home and had moved without much with them,” she said. 

The UNHCR estimates a staggering 740,000 people have been uprooted from their homes within South Sudan since fighting broke out in mid-December.  In addition, it says the crisis also has forced more than 131,000 South Sudanese to seek refuge in neighboring Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.

You May Like

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions

BJP under fire for being slow to rein in hardline affiliate groups allegedly trying to promote a Hindu-dominant agenda by luring Muslims and Christians to convert to Hinduism More

Anti-Whaling Group Found in Contempt of Court

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers in the waters off Antarctica continue their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt More

UN's Ban Urges End to Discrimination Against Ebola Workers

Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid