Awerial IDPs’ Situation Worsens: Official

Internally Displaced Persons in Bentiu, Unity state, when the Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, visited on 24 December, to assess the humanitarian situation. [UNMISS/Anna Adhikari]

South Sudan Relief Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC) in Lakes state called upon central government and humanitarian organization to quickly respond to assist the IDP in Guol-yar of Awerial County.

Philip Kot Job on Thursday said that “situation is very critical and urgent assist to IDP is needed.”

Kot explained that the people who have been displaced from Bor, by that fight between the government forces and the rebel forces have crossed the river in big numbers.

“These people most of them are women and children. These people are now just under the trees, they have no shelters. And they are drinking water direct from the river which is contaminated,” he said.

However, the South Sudan Red Cross reported that 26 children had died among the people who have fled fighting in Bor and across into Lakes state since last weekend. 
The Red Cross branch director, David Gai Deer said IDPs need shelters, water, and food drug and sanitation hygiene.

Deer say that “seven children drowned on Tuesday night after falling into the river during an attempted crossing from Bor to Guol-yar, a village within Awerial County of Lakes state.”

“They don’t have shelter because they run away with no even item along with them,” he says. “So they have really nothing. So they are facing shelter problem, food problem and medicine and this the really priorities.”

He said there are about 31,564 IDPs stationed in Guol-yar and more are still coming from Bor daily by boats.

There are at least 90,000 people who have been displaced in the past days’.

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