Medair continues to provide aid in conflict-torn South Sudan

by Medair | Medair - Switzerland
Thursday, 9 January 2014 15:18 GMT

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Medair is continuing to provide relief in South Sudan wherever possible, despite the country’s current instability.

Since heavy fighting erupted in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on 15 December 2013, the conflict has quickly spread to other parts of the country, forcing more than 200,000 people to flee their homes. In addition, the UN estimates that more than 30,000 people have crossed into neighbouring countries to escape the conflict. 

In the face of the rapidly deteriorating security situation, Medair was forced to temporarily relocate some of our staff outside the country. Despite this, we have been able to carry on our operations in some capacity during this time at various locations across South Sudan.

Since then, Medair has continued to monitor the situation on the ground very closely and in recent days we have been able to return some additional key staff to our project areas as opportunities have allowed.

With the conflict ongoing Medair foresees an increased need for humanitarian response across South Sudan. We remain committed to the people of South Sudan and will continue to seek to use our core competencies and years of experience to respond to this new emergency as needs change and grow, wherever and whenever possible.

South Sudan became an independent nation on 9 July 2011. Medair has been present in the region since 1991 and has been providing safe water, sanitation, and hygiene to those most in need. Our overall goal is to increase access to health care and nutrition and provide emergency relief services.

Medair’s South Sudan programme is supported by the E.C Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, the United States Agency for International Development, Common Humanitarian Fund, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and private donors.

Figures are taken from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair’s most recent situation report, dated 7 January 2014.

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