JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs)
living in the South Sudanese capital of Juba have been pushed to
the margins due to lack of basic necessities like food, clothing
During a recent
interview with Xinhua, the internally displaced population
revealed that their survival is at stake due to harsh living
conditions in the temporary shelters.
The 2,000 IDPs who
are part of the elderly women and children that fled conflict in
border town of Yei following the renewed clashes last year are
staring at an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
displaced persons sheltered in temporary camps on the outskirts
of Juba narrated their suffering thanks to dwindling food
ration, inadequate water supply and outbreak of communicable
Rachel Agau Buol,
50-year-old, who was seated at her blue tent, appeared
malnourished and fatigued after arriving from the nearby bush
where she went to fetch acacia fruits and firewood to enable her
prepare dinner for her family.
Buol appreciated the
fact that many households in the war-torn country primarily use
firewood for cooking purposes due to debilitating poverty since
it is often the only available, accessible and affordable fuel
in the capital.
“I risk my life to
wake up very early in the morning to go and gather firewood in
order to meet my family daily meal,” said Buol.
Speaking in her
native Dinka, Buol, who is a mother of four daughters, said she
fled her home with empty hands. Since then life has been a
nightmare to her children.
“We have stayed for
months without getting any assistance from the humanitarian
agencies so we resorted to survival on wild fruits. Sometime we
sleep with empty stomach when no one buys our acacia fruits and
firewood,” Buol told Xinhua.
conflict has entered its fifth year and the humanitarian crisis
has continued to intensify and expand, on a costly trajectory
for the country’s people.
Michael Adier Kuol,
camp leader and a teacher by profession told Xinhua that the
situation of people in the camp is critical and needs urgent
“We don’t have food
and enough shelters. Our previous tents distributed by China Aid
worn-off. “We never receive another food ratio from the
government or humanitarian organizations like World Food Program
though they did assessment,” Kuol revealed.
Paul Dhel, deputy
chairman of the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation
Commission, said the camp in the southern part of the city is
now being considered as part of the internally displaced
settlement in the country.
“We are engaging our
partners particularly World Food Program (WFP) to see a
possibility of reintegrating our communities back in their
communities,” said Dhel.
According to the UN,
some 4 million civilians have been displaced, two million live
in internally displaced camps and 1.9 million are refugees in
neighboring countries like Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.
UN says 800,000 South Sudanese
refugees living in Sudan
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
The United Nations on Wednesday said the number
of South Sudanese refugees living in Sudan has now reached
representative of the United Nations High Commission for
Refugees (UNHCR) in Sudan, told a forum on the refugees issue
that other sources estimated that this number is even higher.
This makes Sudan the
country hosting the second largest number of South Sudanese
refugees in the region, he said.
President Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, speaking at the forum,
reiterated Sudan’s commitment to hosting the refugees and
providing them with necessary needs.
He further urged the
UN and donor countries to change some practices in allocating
funds for the refugees and the hosting communities.
“We want most of the
funds to go to the refugees and the host communities, and not to
the organizations’ administrative operations,” he said, adding
that is necessary to ensure that any money paid by donors
actually goes to the refugees.
Sudan is hosting
around 2 million refugees from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Chad, Somalia,
Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, Yemen and Syria.
On Aug. 15, 2016,
Sudan decided to consider the South Sudanese fleeing the war in
their home country as refugees, opening the door for the UN to
provide aid to them in Sudan.
A large number of
South Sudanese refugees have fled their homes to Sudan since the
eruption of a civil war in mid-December 2013.
30 percent youngsters in
conflict-stricken countries illiterate: UNICEF
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
Nearly three in 10 young people aged 15-24 living
in countries affected by conflict or disasters are illiterate,
tripling the global rate, the UN children’s fund (UNICEF) said
Niger, Chad, South
Sudan and the Central African Republic—all countries with a long
history of instability and high levels of poverty—are home to
the highest illiteracy rates among young people of this age
group, with 76 percent, 69 percent, 68 percent and 64 percent
“These numbers are a
stark reminder of the tragic impact that crises have on
children’s education, their futures, and the stability and
growth of their economies and societies,” said UNICEF Executive
Director Henrietta Fore. “An uneducated child who grows into an
illiterate youth in a country ripped apart by conflict or
destroyed by disasters may not have much of a chance.”
Girls and young
women are at the biggest disadvantage when it comes to reading
and writing, with a third of them in emergency countries failing
to learn even the basics, compared to a quarter of boys, said
Yet, despite its
role in leveling the playing field for the most vulnerable
children and young people, education remains severely
underfunded. Currently, only 3.6 percent of humanitarian funding
goes to education for children living in emergencies, making it
one of the least funded sectors in humanitarian appeals, it
that it will spend approximately one billion U.S. dollars a year
on education programs over the next four years.
It urged governments
and other partners to take action to tackle the education crisis
affecting children and young people in emergencies.
“Education can make
or break a child’s future,” said Fore. “For all children to
fully reap the benefits of learning, it is key that they get the
best quality education possible, as early as possible.”