UNHCR Declares Massive Humanitarian Disaster In South Sudan

One of the refugees’ chiefs greeting the UNHCR boss while presenting their needs to him [©Gurtong]

One of the refugees’ chiefs greeting the UNHCR boss while presenting their needs to him [©Gurtong]

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Antonio Guterres has described the situation at Doro Camp in Maban County, Upper Nile State after visiting the Blue Nile refugee’s camp as a massive humanitarian disaster which deserve support from the international community.

“I want to make a very strong appeal to the international community for massive humanitarian solidarity for the people of South Sudan at the moment. South Sudan is a new born State still facing enormous challenge from humanitarian perspective. There are more than 80,000 refugees coming from Blue Nile State,” Antonia said when he visited the camp early last week.

“Without this support it will be impossible to respond, that is why we are conveying this key message today that we are facing a humanitarian disaster of a large population proportion in the country,” he added.

The Governor of Upper Nile State, Simon Kun Puoc said the government is ready to support the refugees.

“We will make sure there is enough security in the camp to allow humanitarian assistance to the refugees.” Governor Kun promised.
 
The Minister of South Sudan Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hon. Joseph Lual Acuil appealed to the donors  to support the people of South Sudan in handling the refugees situations in Maban.

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“Your (international community) kind hearts and gesture will be highly appreciated by the people you will support. The more time we waste, the harder it becomes for us to help these people because when rains start it will be very difficult to respond,” the Minister stressed.

There are 60 planes loaded with food and other assorted items coming to Malakal to bring support to the refugees. The items will be supplied by trucks to Maban for the refugees. 

The refugees were represented by their chiefs who articulated their needs to the high delegation and to the Governor, Minister of South Sudan Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission and the Commissioner of Maban.

Chief Abdula Malik Rusah who explained the refugees’ situation said that, we lack enough food; we are thirsty because there are no boreholes. We appeal to the authorities to provide medical care and education for our children. We have teachers and medical staff who came with us from Kurmuk, I’m appealing to the authorities to integrate them into the system to teach our children and treat us.” Chief Abdula requested.

“We appeal to the international community to support us with food, let them not stop. I urge the authorities and the agencies to increase the registration tables because we are very many,” the Chief added.

The UNHCR Commissioner apologized to the Chiefs and community members due to the fact that in the beginning, the assistance was very little, but now the State authorities, UNHCR and other agencies were working to have regular food supply.

He announced that they will drill 20 boreholes, the Medicine San Frontiers (MSF) – an independent organisation for medical humanitarian aid is present on the ground for health issues. The teachers and nurses who are refugee shall start work immediately as Mr. Guterres directed the UNHCR head of operation in Maban.

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