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

 


21 Egyptians Beheaded

Egyptian jets bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, a day after the group there released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians, drawing Cairo directly into the conflict across its border. More>>

Protests In Bil’in Honoring Slain US Citizens

Protesters at demonstration in Bil’in honoring slain US citizens face attacks and arrests by Israeli forces. More>>

Resolution Targeting Sources Of Financing For ISIL

Ambassadors representing two countries under attack from ISIL, Bashar Ja’afari (right) of Syria, and Mohamed Ali Alhakim of Iraq, speak to journalists following the adoption of a Security Council resolution targeting sources of financing for ... More>>

ALSO:

  • U.S. Department of State - Support for Authorization for Use of Military Force
  • "Pakistan Probably Harboured Osama Bin Laden"

    Former ISI head Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani tells Al Jazeera Pakistan probably harboured Osama Bin Laden More>>

    "Pakistan Probably Harboured Osama Bin Laden"

    Former ISI head Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani tells Al Jazeera Pakistan probably harboured Osama Bin Laden More>>

    ISM Honours Kayla Mueller

    Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the popular committee in the village of Bil’in where Kayla joined the protests, told ISM: “Kayla came to Palestine to stand in solidarity with us. She marched with us and faced the military that occupies our ... More>>


    US Measles Outbreak: UN Urges Parents Vaccinate Children

    3 February 2015 – Parents in the United States must vaccinate their children against measles in order to maintain the high levels of immunity necessary in keeping outbreaks of the aggressively contagious virus small and contained, the United Nations World ... More>>

    Ebola: Large-Scale Vaccine Trials Under Way In Liberia

    WHO welcomed the donation by the Public Health Agency of Canada of 800 vials of one of the leading candidate Ebola vaccines, rVSV-ZEBOV. Photo: WHO/M. Missioneiro (file) More>>

    Security Council Denounce Murder Of Jordanian Pilot

    3 February 2015 – For the second time in as many days, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have jointly condemned the brutal killing of a civilian by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – this time deploring ... More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news