South Sudan: Scrambling to meet urgent needs in Unity state

African Press International (API)

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Thousands of people have been displaced by renewed fighting in Unity state over the past week. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the South Sudan Red Cross are responding to the needs of displaced people in Leer, where thousands of civilians have fled armed clashes and other violence.

To help treat the sick and the wounded, the ICRC has sent a surgical team to Leer and has also donated medical equipment. It is coordinating its actions with those of the South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC) to deliver aid to the displaced as efficiently as possible.

“Many women and children have been taking refuge wherever they can find it,” said Jerome Imstepf, who is in charge of the ICRC’s operations in Unity state. “Because the situation in this state is so volatile, we don’t know what it will be…

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