Welthungerhilfe calls for greater international support for South Sudan
More than 600,000 people are affected
(Bonn, 03/01/2014) Welthungerhilfe expects more than 600,000 people to be directly or indirectly affected by the fighting in South Sudan. Before this backdrop, the recent relief efforts of the international community are not sufficient for the scale of the humanitarian crisis.
"The situation is dire. The number of people in refugee camps is increasing day by day. In many refugee sites across the country there is hardly any access to drinking water, food, accommodation, household goods or basic sanitation. Violence and injuries are on-going. An end to the crisis is not in sight," says Welthungerhilfe Country Representative for South Sudan, Bucay Deng.
A start: emergency shelter for 30.000 people
In cooperation with the UN, Welthungerhilfe has procured 6,000 tarpaulins in neighbouring Kenya for shelters that provide protection up to 30,000 people. In addition, it has ensured the transportation to Juba.
"That's a start. But we need much more support from the international community. The fighting must be stopped. Humanitarian corridors should be established to avert an even larger scale of the crisis", demands Johan van der Kamp, Welthungerhilfe Regional Director in East Africa.
Welthungerhilfe has been working since 1986 in southern Sudan. The organization wants to expand its emergency operations through Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal and Juba.