Clinics ready to help those displaced by civil unrest.
(This past fall, International Aid shipped a couple of containers, via our partners, to Terekeka, South Sudan. These containers were filled with items for a great number of rural health clinics. During the recent civil unrest in South Sudan, our partner’s were cleared out and moved to safer areas. They are now returning to Terekeka County and have reported on the conditions there. Many of the health clinics were looted. The clinic items we sent are needed now more than ever.)
Due to the recent conflict between the South Sudan Government troops and rebel forces that occurred in December 2013, many communities were affected forcing them to flee to areas of safety with in and outside South Sudan.
Terekeka happens to be one of the Counties that experienced total destruction and looting in some way, and forcing the natives and others to flee to areas of safety. The fact that Terekeka borders the Jonglei State where fighting was critical influenced the influx of internally displaced persons, especially from the neighboring Bor County. Most of the people fled with hardly any resources and became dependent on nearby already overburdened host communities. It has been months since the people fled and no assistance has been provided. They live under harsh conditions with many residing on Islands along the Nile.
In response to the fighting that broke out, one of our partners who has clinics in South Sudan has been providing emergency aid to displaced people and refugees who fled into those neighboring countries.
Since December 15, an estimated 716,000 people are internally displaced. Another 156,800 have run to bordering countries to escape the tribal and political tensions that have caused thousands of deaths.
Our partners are working closely with the United Nations and other nongovernmental partners to distribute critical non-food items to refugee camps in Uganda. They are installing basic water and sanitation essentials such as latrines and water tanks.
The containers of medical and equipment and supplies that were shipped from International Aid late last fall, are needed now, even more than they were before. Due to the looting and destruction that happened during this recent unrest, the clinics lost many of their essential and needed supplies. Examination tables, stethoscopes, scales, hygiene products, office supplies, and many other items are being placed into the clinics. This equipment will help bring hope and healing to those in desperate need in this situation.
Please continue to pray for those affected by this recent event, and our partner serving in Terekeka as they bring physical and spiritual healing to those in this area. Together, we can do amazing things to reach the world for Christ.