GENEVA, Switzerland, November 20, 2015
IOM is providing lifesaving aid to displaced and vulnerable host community households in remote areas of South Sudan’s Jonglei State. In the first half of November, it reached nearly 6,000 people with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance.
In Kurwai payam, Canal County, IOM registered and provided assistance to over 1,300 households, or nearly 6,000 people, in five villages between 28 October and 18 November. Vulnerable households received buckets, collapsible water containers, soap, filter cloths and water purification tablets.
These supplies are critical, particularly for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who carried few belongings when fleeing insecurity in Atar, northeast of Kurwai, in June. Most of the IDPs are women, children and the elderly.
Across South Sudan, the crisis has placed significant strain on existing WASH infrastructure and practices, particularly in remote areas where IDPs have integrated into communities with already limited access to basic services. Households in Kurwai face poor living conditions, with no access to safe drinking water or sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practices.
In an effort to build the capacity of the community to encourage good hygiene and sanitation, IOM also trained ten hygiene promoters who will spread messages on the importance of handwashing, the dangers of open defecation, and tips on food and water hygiene among their own communities.
Another IOM WASH team is currently in Kolapach payam, also in Canal, to provide assistance to an estimated 3,500 vulnerable IDP and host community households that are facing similarly dire WASH conditions. Coping mechanisms in Kolapach have been aggravated by the continued pressure of displaced populations who fled other areas of Canal in 2014.
In February 2015, IOM mobile teams conducted a WASH response in Kurwai to support IDPs who had fled insecurity in Kaldak.
Since December 2013, the crisis in South Sudan has displaced more than 2.3 million people, including nearly 1.7 million IDPs. Millions more are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, with approximately 34 per cent of the population facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition.
International Office of Migration (IOM)