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Sudan: Emergency aid for displaced persons in Juba

19-09-2002 News Release 02/38

The ICRC, working with the Sudanese Red Crescent (SRC), provided emergency humanitarian assistance in the past few days for 5,000 displaced people who had recently fled fighting in Torit, southern Sudan, to seek refuge in Gumbo, near Juba.

Non-food items such as blankets, plastic sheeting, soap, fish-hooks and cooking sets were distributed by SRC volunteers. Wood and twine were also provided for the construction of shelters. A water purification unit, four bladder tanks with a total capacity of 18,000 litres   and a raw-water pump with the necessary piping are being assembled in order to set up four water-supply points.

On 7 September an ICRC medical team, with the support of SRC volunteers, launched an immunization campaign for the displaced people. In addition, Red Crescent volunteers are running a clinic using basic medical supplies provided by the ICRC.    

The ICRC's operation in Sudan remains one of its largest in Africa. The delegation, established in 1978, focuses on three main goals: ensuring that the war-wounded and civilians receive the necessary surgical treatment or basic medical care; monitoring the situation of persons deprived of their freedom; and conducting primary health care programmes and water and sanitation projects for displaced persons and the resident population in various parts of the country.