Islamic Relief South Sudan has provided various Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) items such as buckets, soap, bathing basins and dignity kits to residents of Lianya and Yei. About 6,000 individuals benefited from hygiene materials and 1,000 women and girls were supported with complete set of dignity kits, as part of restoring their dignity.
Lianya and Yei, are among the most affected areas by the conflict in 2016 that led to an unprecedented level of humanitarian crisis. Thousands of civilians were left in need of humanitarian aid and while hundreds others lost their lives.
In South Sudan, the quest for restoring livelihoods after a peace agreement was signed in September 2018 has renewed hope among segments of the society. As the formation of a transitional government looms, thousands across the country have returned to their ancestral villages according to UNHCR and IOM
The distribution of the WASH items was done through the Sweden Integrated Emergency Support (SIEP) project which intends to alleviate the plight, increasing resilience and ensuring moderate vulnerability of conflicted affected people. This is to be done by improving humanitarian support in the areas of health, food security, water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Mrs. Lerda Ziona Santino, a counsellor at the Episcopal Church of South Sudan in Lianya, is a beneficiary if this programme. “As a parent it’s unfortunate and hurting to see my children suffer as refugees in Uganda.” Although aid agencies have increased humanitarian intervention by providing basic needs, the health sector suffered a setback as major illness are being referred to Yei. The poor roads and insecurity have hindered the transfer of critically ill patients, sometimes resulting to loss of life.
A visibly sad Mrs. Santino described the humanitarian situation in Lianya, equating the conflict to a Volcano that has come to destroy the future generation. She continued, “The returning population has increased demand for shelter and basic services but above all peace is vital.’’
The overall objective of this project is to alleviate human sufferings and reduce vulnerability of the conflict affected IDPs, returnees and host communities in Western Bahr el Ghazal (Wau) and Central Equatorial (Yei & Lianya). It also increased access to primary health care and nutrition services in targeted areas, improve Maternal health services, support referrals and linkages for pregnant women and cases of Sexual Gender Base Violence, providing Nutrition services to malnourished children (6 to 59 months), pregnant and lactating women and elderly through OTP and TSFP centres, increased access to safe water through drilling and rehabilitation of boreholes , improving Hygiene and sanitary conditions in within Internally Displaced Persons and host communities through rehabilitation of latrines, provision of hygiene kits and awareness raising, more so Increased access to food assistance and agricultural production among targeted IDPs and host community.