-- 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
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.
The internally 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 diseases.
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
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
“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
“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.
South Sudan’s conflict has entered its
fifth year and the humanitarian crisis has continued to
intensify and expand, on a costly trajectory for the country’s
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 solution.
“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,”
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.