Nuer relief agency donates items to IDPs living in rebel-held territory in South Sudan

Part of the items donated by the Nuer agency (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

September 21st 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – Nuer International Relief Agency (NIRA), a non profit organization said it has donated Core Relief Items (CRIs) to South Sudan’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the opposition-held town of Maiwut.

Speaking to Nyamilepedia on Thursday,
the Field Manager in charge of the charitable organization, Bang Kawich Deng said their work had been centred around provisions of Core Relief Items (CRIs) such as clothes, textbooks and football equipments to residents in Maiwut, Madeng and Pagak before the two areas changed hands between South Sudan warring factions.

“Today, we are distributing clothes to some families that have been affected by the conflict, Nuer International Relief Agency (NIRA) has been instrumental in providing medical support to soldiers wounded in the battlefield, and we also conduct external referrals to Gambella Hospital for specialised treatment,” he said.

He said the organisation was forced to scale down its operations following heavy classes between pro-government forces and solders allied to former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny in the South Sudanese town of Pagak.

“I am the one in charge of the organisation’s field activities in Maiwut, the distributions of these clothes also used to be done in Pagak and Madeng before the opposition forces came under heavy fire in those areas,” he said.

Nuer International Relief Agency (NIRA) is a nonprofit organization formed in 2014 shortly after the onset of South Sudan civil war. Currently the organization, whose headquarters are in Maiwut, has resumed full operations, with a mission statement to provide Core Relief Items (CRIs) to South Sudan vulnerable groups in the area.

Maiwut town, is one of the opposition-held strongholds, it’s located in the Greater Upper Nile region, bordering Ethiopia, the town has witnessed relative calm in recent months, since the outbreak of violence between South Sudan warring factions. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was also forced evacuate its field staff when the war was ragging on.