UNKEA at forefront of serving vulnerable populations in flood-prone areas

Eligible groups of women, children and the elderly queue in Riang Payam, Ulang County waiting for their cash | Photo: UNKEA

Thessherald—Universal for Knowledge & Empowerment Agency, a Juba-based national organization, spares no effort in its endeavor to improve livelihoods of vulnerable populations in hard-to-reach and flood-prone areas.

Last year, as part of its efforts to boost resilience among rural communities, UNKEA distributed hundreds of goats to vulnerable and elderly people in Ulang county, Upper Nile state – one of the states hit hard by devastating floods.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the situation in South Sudan remains extremely dire across the country with approximately 7 million or 60% of the population still struggling to find adequate food every day.

In November 2020, UNKEA provided cash transfers to eligible groups in Upper Nile State in a bid to meet their basic needs, such as access to food, healthcare and shelters.

A girl living with Achondroplasia /Dwarfism receives cash from UNKEA staff in Ulang county, Upper Nile State| Photo: UNKEA

It also provides free education to thousands of children deprived of decent education as a result of conflicts in South Sudan.

South Sudan, despite having achieved peace, continues to face numerous challenges with economic collapse being the most difficult problem affecting vulnerable populations across the country.

UN humanitarian chief calls for urgent end to violence in S. Sudan

UN Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock.
UN Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock | Photo: File

September 17, 2020 (Thessherald)–The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, has called for an end to the ongoing cycles of violence in South Sudan.

The UN diplomat made this call during a briefing to the Security Council on the situation in South Sudan, “noting that violence, COVID-19, floods and economic downturn have exacerbated the already dire humanitarian situation.”

The UN humanitarian chief reiterated the need for a political solution to end the violence in parts of South Sudan, and called for safe and unhindered access to vulnerable people, as well as additional funding to help meet rising humanitarian needs.

South Sudan currently faces many challenges since the COVID-19 outbreak, which has pushed millions of people to the brink of starvation.

Earlier this year, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirmed that about 7. million people could face a worse humanitarian crisis and that more than 6.5 others could be severely affected at the height of the annual hunger season.

“Despite an extremely challenging environment, humanitarians assisted nearly 5.1 million people across South Sudan in 2020. Pre-positioning humanitarian supplies ahead of the rainy season and distributing double rations have been crucial in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 restrictions.”