World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Victims of violence assisted in South Sudan

Red Cross steps in to assist victims of violence in South Sudan

Published: 12 January 2014

Nairobi, Kenya 10 January 2014: More than 1,000 people have been reportedly killed and above 200,000 displaced in South Sudan following violence that has rocked the country over the past month. To date, an estimated 30,000 people have fled to Uganda, 4,000 to Kenya, 2,670 to Sudan and 5,300 to Ethiopia.

From the onset of the violence, the South Sudan Red Cross Society responded by deploying 60 volunteers and staff to hospitals in Juba where they were engaged in receiving casualties and assisting medical personnel. The South Sudan Red Cross is coordinating its activities with its Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners, as well as other humanitarian organizations in the country.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has also stepped in to complement the efforts of the South Sudan Red Cross Society in assisting an estimated 40,000 people in Awerial and Juba who have been affected by the violence. In the coming days, IFRC will send 2,000 family kits containing kitchen sets, tarpaulins, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, buckets, soap and water purification solution to South Sudan to help improve living conditions and prevent the spread of disease for the displaced persons.

“Displaced people are staying in squalid conditions with inadequate shelter and lack of clean drinking water and sanitation facilities. Communicable diseases are likely to be a major cause of mortality in these temporary settlements where there is potential for an increase in water-borne diseases,” said Finn Jarle-Rode, IFRC Regional Representative, Eastern Africa. “Community awareness and health education is low, further exacerbating risks.”

IFRC will support the South Sudan Red Cross and in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), will conduct health and hygiene promotion and manage water points. Volunteers from the South Sudan Red Cross will continuously monitor and assess the health, water, sanitation and hygiene situation. Special attention will be given to the vulnerable, particularly pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, young children and the elderly.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aftermath Of Brexit

Be careful of what you ask for. Now that it has woken up from its Brexit victory hangover, is Britain acting as if it has just won the World Cup? Hardly. More>>

ALSO:

UK Labour Statement: The Shooting Of MP Jo Cox

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party said: “The whole of the Labour Party and Labour family - and indeed the whole country - will be in shock at the horrific murder of Jo Cox today. Jo had a lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Rainbow Colours On MFC In Sympathy For Florida Killings
Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre will be lit in colours of the rainbow Monday as a gesture of support for the LGBTI victims of the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On How Obama’s Supreme Court Choice Says Everything (Bad) About His Presidency

Nothing has epitomised the presidency of Barack Obama quite like his Supreme Court nominees. Time and again, Republican presidents will blithely nominate right wing ideological extremists (Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas) who only sometimes misfire and turn out to be liberals in disguise (David Souter). Yet Obama has consistently skipped over the judicially qualified liberals and gone for a succession of centrists... More>>

ALSO:

Turkey: UN Secretary-General On The Terrorist Bombing In Ankara

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack in Ankara earlier today. According to the latest reports, the explosion in the Kizilay district killed and wounded dozens of people. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news