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Launch of new nutritional project to support hard-hit older persons in South Sudan

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Nairobi/Juba, May 26, 2015 (SSNA) -- Tuesday May 26, 2015: HelpAge International and its partner the Islamic Relief will on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 launch a three year programme in Juba, South Sudan to support badly malnourished older persons in Warrap State.

Funded by the German Government, the project will target to provide food vouchers and/or food baskets to older persons in one of the most affected States by the ongoing internal conflict that has left more than 1.4 million people displaced. 

According to Tendai Gunda, HelpAge International Nutritional Coordinator in South Sudan, the project will reach 210 households. “Those able to walk to points where food centers will be stationed will get food vouchers while those found not able will get food basket delivered to them through”, she said.

Tendai said 600 households will further receive training on nutrition. They will learn how to establish food gardens to improve their nutritional needs.

On the other hand, Islamic Relief will support the affected people with provision of water and sanitation services as well as food security and livelihood activities.

Selection criteria for the target group are their limited income opportunities and critical nutritional status. Due to ongoing conflicts and several other multiple stress factors, local support mechanisms stopped functioning hence need for this timely intervention.

Expected at the event include top Government officials as well as officials from the German Embassy in South Sudan.

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Background

The conflict in South Sudan has internally displaced over 1.4 million South Sudanese. People from the Greater Upper Nile (GUN) region (Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States) have been most severely affected. This has negatively impacted livestock and crop production, and markets, especially in the conflict-affected states. These disruptions have in turn increased cereal prices by up to 300 per cent and reduced cereal stocks. In the worst affected counties in the GUN, as much as 80 per cent of the population was unable to cultivate staple crops in the last agricultural season and staple foods remain limited in many local markets. Overall, staple food stocks were depleted within the first quarter (January to March) of 2015. Approximately 112000 older persons were affected by the conflict.

The conflict in Unity has led to an influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) into Warrap, where the IDPs and the local population compete for the already scarce resources. According to OCHA-classification, Warrap is a “stressed state”. Further, the region has experienced heavy flooding in two consecutive years which caused widespread destruction of livelihood sources as well as communal support structures. Warrap state is built of six counties; the project will be implemented in Tonj North County.

About HelpAge International

The HelpAge network is a unique worldwide alliance of over 100 organisations in 65 countries. HelpAge International helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.

For more information please visit www.helpage.org

Media Contacts:

Henry Neondo, Regional Communications Coordinator, EWCA+254703618872 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Skype: henry.neondo15
Jamillah Mwanjisi: Head of Policy, Advocacy and Communication, EWCA +254720043823 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Skype: jamillah.mwanjisi
Tendai Gunda, Nutritional Coordinator for South Sudan, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Skype: tendai.gunda +263773362352

Desperate humanitarian situation in Leer, Unity State

Re: South Sudan — Desperate humanitarian situation in Leer

Juba/Geneva (ICRC), May 25, 2015 (SSNA) -- Residents slowly returning to the South Sudanese town of Leer, in the aftermath of fighting in and around the town last week, say they have little or no food and need advanced medical care.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which had to put its regular activities on hold a week ago, is the first humanitarian organization to return to Leer, which some 100,000 people have been forced to flee.

Livelihoods have been destroyed and several houses burnt to the ground in Leer. Four vehicles and all the furniture in the ICRC compound were looted. The ICRC is now working to re-start its operations in the town.

“The situation here in Leer is extremely serious. People are only just beginning to come back,” said Daniel Littlejohn-Carrillo, the ICRC official in charge. “We know of several casualties of violence in the villages around here. The needs – in terms of water, food, other forms of health care and shelter – are dire, and we expect them to grow substantially fairly quickly.”

Mary’ – her name in the Nuer language is Nyajiok Ruai –  had fled Leer with her 10 children: they ranged in age from 7 months to 12 years. The family had slept in the open; they drank bad water, had little food and were unprotected against malarial mosquitoes. When she returned to Leer she discovered that her home, made of mud and straw, and all its contents – including some ICRC food – had been burnt down.

John Jal Riak, 23, slept in the “tall grass,” in a place eight hours by foot from Leer. He said that mosquitoes were the biggest problem and that people searched for water lilies and cocounts to eat. At night, he covered himself with leaves. He is back in Leer now. “Yeah, now we are safe. The problem – we want to eat some food. The community is really suffering,” he said.

The ICRC plans to fly food and other supplies to Leer on Tuesday, which will benefit roughly 6,000 people.

For further information, please contact:

Jason Straziuso, ICRC Juba, tel: +211 922 029 071
Jean-Yves Clémenzo, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 217 32 17

SPLM/A-IO’s letter of appreciation to civil society organizations in the United States

May 22, 2015

Subject: Appreciation

May 22, 2015 (SSNA) -- On behalf of Finance and Resource Mobilization Committee Delegation and my own behalf, I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the Community leaders who attended telephone conferences and meetings on May 7, 14 and 21, 2015 with Hon. Gabriel Changson Chang; I am convinced that together we shall achieve more. I would like to also thank all our supporters in the United States of America for their tireless effort and support rendered to our people in South Sudan during these trying times. May the Almighty God continue to give you strength so that you can even do more for our people.

Organizing ourselves should be our priority now. We should start organizing ourselves after the 1st SPLM/SPLA Convention and fundraising events this weekend in Omaha, Nebraska. As we organize, our focus should be supporting the people of South Sudan to defeat Salva Kiir and the regime in Juba.

We must maintain our relationship and focus on transforming South Sudan in to a true democratic state free of tribalism, corruption and injustices.

Once again, thank you for supporting the cause of the people of South Sudan. Hon. Gabriel, Cde Martin Abucha and I shall all meet you in person at the Fund Raising event on May 24, 2015 in Omaha, NE.

Thokhat Khor Wiu

Director for Public/Community Affairs

SPLM/SPLA Mission Office

Washington, D.C.

No.

First Name

Middle Name

Last Name

Organization/Civil Society

1

Nyanguok

Gatluo

Riek

Nuer Community

2

Mary

Nyanthok

Muon

E. Jikany

3

Tut

Wuor

Gatkuoth

Luo

4

James

Mut

Nyang

Bentiu

5

John

Jock

Tay

Fangak

6

Nyanhial

 

Doyak

Dhol

7

James

Jiokchuor

Bol

Thorow

8

James

Bile

Thurbil

Wanding

9

David

Khan

Reath

Kuetrenke

10

Bol

Giet

 

Jingmiir

 

 

11

Mary

Buk

Kuon

Jingmiir

12

Pal

 

Puoch

Yoal

13

Chuol

Chot

Yiel

Kurmuot

14

Jany

 

Makuach

Kurmuot

15

Nyadeni

 

Yiech

Yomding

16

Nyajany

Lul

Yol

Dome

17

Martha

Nyaboth

Dak

Bupthior

18

Nyawal

 

Wang

Nyagore

19

Nyayien

 

Geng

Ying

20

Libe

 

Both

Guenye

21

Gatwech

Kuet

 

Ciereng

22

Peter

Koat

Chol

Thieng Bar

23

David

Koang

Reat

CieNyajani

24

Thiangwar

 

Chol

Thiang Lare

25

Kaway

Duop

Guin

Longechuk Youth

26

Gatwech

Jock

Both

Thiang Lare

27

Tuach

Pidor

Deng

Waw

28

Puok

Chuol

Yak

Cie Chany

29

Abraham

Juoi

Tuom

Ayod

30

Kuol

 

Thieliew

Fangak County

31

George

Yoal

Joak

Nyirol

32

Pal

 

Kueth

Akobo

33

John

Jock

Tay

Fangak

34

Gabriel

Majuet

Thong

Bul Community

35

William

Manyang

Kujiak

Nyuong

36

James

Gatlia

Tap

Jagei

37

Stephen

Machuk

Kong

Leek

38

Chiangjiak

Kuong

 

Dok

39

James

Ken

Puol

W. Jikany

40

Koang

 

Keat

Minnesota Task Force

41

Dr. Gatluak

Ter

Thach

Alliance

42

Jal

Yual

 

Nasir Community Development Foundation(NCDF)

43

Peter

Abore

 

Acholi Community Eastern E.

44

Charles

Ladu

Gore

Bari Community

 

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