Category: Africa Published on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 15:23 Written by Waakhe Simon Wudu
Describing the refugee situation in South Sudan as “compelling,” George Okoth Obbo, the UNHCR Bureau Regional Director for Africa told press in Juba that the crisis needs more collective efforts if success is to be realised.
“Of all the joint support, there is need to ensure that there is sustainability on each component of it (projects),” he said.
He said the situation is still so alarming that, more efforts are needed.
“I think all of us could see very clearly that we are still not out of the woods yet. This is not mission accomplished. There is still a lot ahead of us that has to be done,” he said.
Partners are currently involved in rescuing crisis faced by Sudanese refugees in the South Sudan’s Greater Upper Nile Region. Priority is given to delivering the basic services by the partners involved.
Okoth said more efforts need to be intensified further on areas of sanitation, food delivery and mobility.
He warned at least 35,000 more refugees are expected to arrive in the country.
“We have to make sure that even in the emergency; every refugee must have a shelter. We have to continue providing water to the best standard required,” he said.
Okoth pointed out that of the $183 million US dollars budgeted for addressing the crisis in the country, only 40 percent, about $73million US dollars has been released.
Underlining the global financial crisis, Okoth called partners to release the remaining balance of the funds to avoid worsening of the crisis in the country.
He related the refugee crisis in South Sudan to the one of Syria.