South Sudan: ACTED assists vulnerable populations affected by violence in Upper Nile State
NASIR [ACTED News] – In December 2011, inter-communal violence and cattle raiding between the Lou Nuer and Murle tribes in Jonglei, South Sudan, led to burning and leveling of schools, clinics and water points and displaced, an estimated 120,000 people within Jonglei State and neighboring counties. Nasir County in Upper Nile State was one neighboring area that received many internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to the violence. In an assessment conducted in March 2012, approximately 2,000 – 3,000 IDPs were identified in Nasir, many of whom were women and children.
ACTED is now responding to the critical needs of these IDPs through water and sanitation assistance. The project rehabilitated eight boreholes near Nasir town in July, and will set up and train water committees in the eight communities on borehole maintenance. Additionally, ACTED and local partner Nasir Community Development is conducting hygiene promotion for 100 vulnerable women, primarily mothers and care givers, who will pass on messages of good hygiene practices to their family members. The project, supported by the International Organization of Migration’s (IOM) Rapid Response Fund, aims to benefit at least 2,000 IDPs and host community members.