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ICRC and SSRCS claim to have met urgent humanitarian needs in South Sudan

Nov 17, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the South Sudan Red Cross Society (SSRCS) have met the urgent humanitarian needs of families and communities affected by conflict and armed violence across South Sudan. 

A scene inside the paediatric department of Malakal Teaching Hospital where ICRC doctor Giorgio Monti conducts his early morning rounds back in 2012. Such facilities today are destroyed by the warring troops in places like Malakal and other parts of Upper Nile(Photo credit: T. Stoddart / Getty Images / ICRC)
A scene inside the paediatric department of Malakal Teaching Hospital where ICRC doctor Giorgio Monti conducts his early morning rounds back in 2012. Such facilities today are destroyed by the warring troops in places like Malakal and other parts of Upper Nile(Photo credit: T. Stoddart / Getty Images / ICRC)

In a combined statement, the two agencies said that they have helped protect lives and dignity of the affected people.

In addition, ICRC and SSRCS claims that they have built resilience of the affected communities to recurrent conflicts as well as to the growing impact of climate changes such as floods that have displaced an estimated population of 800,000 people since May this year.

They said that they have continued to maintain a dialogue with all weapon bearers to have access to conflict affected communities through bilateral and confidential dialogues.

“This bilateral and confidential dialogue is part of our mandate and remains key to alleviate human suffering and to protect and assist people affected by war and other situations of violence” the statement read.

According to the statement, from January to September, the ICRC has visited detainees in the detention centres to see how they are treated.

The ICRC said they have visited 5,100 detainees in 34 detention centers to monitor their situation and in the process they have reunited 104 vulnerable persons with their loved ones.

“The ICRC visited over 5,100 detainees at 34 places of detention to monitor their treatment and helped improve their living conditions and reunited 104 vulnerable persons, including children, with their families.”

The ICRC also connected the detainees with their families through phone calls for which they claim to have made over 58, 000 phone calls.

“It also facilitated 58,330 phone calls between family members separated by the conflict and armed violence,” read the statement.

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