Earlier this month, a CRS team traveled to Jonglei State, South Sudan, where ongoing ethnic violence has killed hundreds and displaced as many as 140,000 people, according to the UN.
The CRS team went to villages surrounding Pibor town, where the Murle tribe was attacked by members of the Lou Nuer in late December, to get a better understanding of how the communities were affected by the attacks and what CRS could do to help.
The team found that most families, scattered throughout the bush after fleeing their homes, were in need of food and essential household items such as plastic sheeting to make a shelter, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, blankets, cooking pots and utensils, and jerry cans for collecting water.
Many of the families have been provided food by the World Food Program (WFP), and CRS staff, together with its partners on the ground, targeted over 100 families to receive household items, provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The CRS team also met with local authorities in the area to find ways for identifying other displaced families in need of assistance. The main challenge to humanitarian agencies in getting aid to the displaced is that there is still quite a bit of movement – even though they are out of food, people are afraid to return to their villages. So men, women and children are moving around with their meager belongings, searching for food and water, making it difficult to find and assist them.
To read more about the conditions on the ground in Jonglei State, read this blog post.
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