“Today on behalf of the Government of Japan, I am honoured to hand over these relief materials to UNMISS directly, as well as to express our sincere hope that they would be utilized to their intended purposes,” said Akamatsu at the handover function on Wednesday.
“I am also very grateful these materials have come here in time for the rainy season, that will affect not only the activities of UNMISS troops but, more directly and severely, the livelihoods of those who have sought refuge in UNMISS compounds.”
The tents and plastic sheets are expected to provide some protection against the coming rainy season.
The Japanese diplomat prayed that peace quickly returns to South Sudan so that UNMISS will be able to focus on nation-building and for those who are seeking refuge in UN compounds return to their homes.
The citizens seeking protection at UN bases are increasingly under enormous threats of water born-diseases due to congestion before even the rainy season fully starts.
To address this challenge, UNMISS is decongesting the camps especially those at Tong Ping UN base in Juba which is so prone to floods during the rainy season.