NGOs to evacuate their staff as youth demand EEO in Renk, Upper Nile State

Unemployed youths threaten to attack humanitarian workers in Renk |Photo: Thessherald

Oct 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–Aid agencies are reported to have ordered immediate evacuations of their essential employees as the youth demanding Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) in NGO jobs threaten to attack NGOs in Renk County, Upper Nile State.

“An emergency evacuation is reported in Renk County, Upper Nile region where international and National NGOs are relocating their staff to safe areas and be prepared for immediate evacuation,” according to a reliable source.

This is not the first time the youth have decried employment discrimination in the Upper Nile region.

In 2018, aid agencies suspended and scaled down most of their services after a group of young people from the Maban community staged violent protests that turned into widespread looting of humanitarian assets in Maban County.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs strongly condemned the attack on humanitarian workers.

Alain Noudehou, humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, cautioned that violence against humanitarian workers is “categorically unacceptable” and must stop.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure the members of the Relief International team receive the assistance and support they need at this difficult time.”

UNHCR strengthens support to S. Sudan’s search for durable solutions for millions of forcibly displaced

UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Mohamed Affey meets President Salva Kiir Mayardit |Photo: UNHCR

Press Statement |UNHCR-S. Sudan

Sept 25, 2020 (Thessherald)–UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Mohamed Affey, concluded a High-Level mission to renew the joint commitment to find durable solutions for millions of forcibly displaced people in the region.

UNHCR, the UN refugee Agency, strengthens its support to South Sudan’s Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity’s search for a comprehensive and lasting solutions for those forcibly displaced in the region. With 1.6 million internally displaced persons and 2.25 million South Sudanese refugees in the neighbouring countries, South Sudan continues to represent the largest displacement situation in Africa, and one of the biggest globally. In addition, more than 302,000 refugees and 3,700 asylum seekers are generously hosted in the country.

While the country is moving towards the establishment of a long-lasting peace, through the implementation of the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement, UNHCR renews its commitment in supporting the government to find durable solutions for those displaced. More than 205,000 South Sudanese refugees have spontaneously returned to South Sudan since the signing of the peace deal, two years ago.

It is in this backdrop that UNHCR’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Mohamed Affey, held a three-day mission to South Sudan. During his visit, concluded on Wednesday, he met and discussed this critical topic with President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice President Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior, and other high-level officials. He also met with SRSG David Shearer and other UN senior officials in the country.

Thanks to these meetings, the start of a longer dialogue was established on which UNHCR and the government will build on to find a way forward that will ultimately benefit both displaced and host communities. This is in line with the pledges that the country has set for itself at the first Global Refugee Forum, last December in Geneva.

Gov’t declares Magalla as an IDPs camp as floods worsen in Jonglei

Sept 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–In a letter addressed to Ministers, Governor, County Authorities & Humanitarian agencies – the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management has declared Magalla as an IDPs Camp.

“This is to kindly inform all the above recipients of this letter that due the natural calamities and disaster caused by the flooding effects that have resulied in the displacement of the persons, the government through the line Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management has decided to establish an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Mangalla town.”

“You attention is drawn to the fact that the displaced persons are in dire need of various kind of humanitarian assistance.”

“It is important to note that urgent and emergency assistance will be needed in earnest. The State level and county level authorities in Jonglei and Mangalla respectively are hereby informed of this important information and directive. We highly request for your co-operation on this matter.”

ADA distributes food to hunger-stricken communities in Upper Nile

September 3, 2020 (Thessherald)–As hunger bites in different parts of the country, Africa Development Aid has distributed take-home food rations to hundreds of residents in Upper Nile state.

According to several sources, the food distributions began in the hardest hit areas namely: Kuetrengke, Dhuording, Mandeng, and Makak respectively.

South Sudan continues to face an acute humanitarian crisis exacerbated by years of underdevelopment, conflict, floods and now the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected service delivery across the country.

South Sudan’s government and opposition groups are under increasing pressure from the international community and the region to accomplish the remaining outstanding tasks in the implementation of the peace agreement to avert the ongoing humanitarian situation.