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ACT Alliance Press Release: ACT Alliance prepares for influx of South Sudanese refugees

Source: ACT Alliance - Switzerland - Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:39 AM
Author: Elisabeth Gouel
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PRESS RELEASE

ACT Alliance prepares for influx of South Sudanese refugees
 
30 December 2013

ACT Alliance has today launched three preliminary appeals to assist refugees from South Sudan in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda as civilians begin to flee for safety to neighbouring countries.

In Ethiopia through its US$ 2,3 million appeal ACT members Lutheran World Federation and EOC-DICAC/IOCC are preparing to provide support in Lietchor, Tongo, Okugo and Pugnido refugee camps in the areas of water and sanitation, psycho-social support, food and non-food items, health and livelihoods.
 
In Kenya a US$1,3 million appeal will focus on the Kakuma refugee camp where ACT members Lutheran World Federation and the National Council of Churches of Kenya are preparing to support reception facilities, water and sanitation equipment, child protection, camp planning and emergency education.
 
In Uganda a US$ 488,407 appeal will assist ACT member Lutheran World Federation in its response for refugees in the West Nile Region and Northwest Uganda regarding water, sanitation, refugee and host communities support and psychosocial support.

“With the continuing clashes and mobilisation of armed actors the situation in South Sudan remains tense, and our key concern is the protection of civilians,” said John Nduna, ACT Alliance General Secretary. “ We continue our call for peaceful resolution of the conflict. However, we recognise the need to prepare for an influx of refugees in countries neighbouring South Sudan as hundreds of thousands flee for their lives in South Sudan and, inevitably, across its borders.”

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has estimated that the violence in South Sudan has displaced 180 000 people since mid-December.

ACT Alliance is also preparing a preliminary appeal for internally displaced people in South Sudan, which will be issued in the next few days.

ENDS

Notes to Editor:

1. ACT Alliance is a coalition of more than140 churches and affiliated organisations working together in140 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards.
2. ACT Alliance is supported by 25,000 staff of member organisations and mobilises about $1.5 billion for its work each year in three targeted areas: humanitarian aid; development; and advocacy.
3. Data from UNOCHA referred ot in this press release can be found here: http://reliefweb.int/report/south-sudan-republic/south-sudan-crisis-situation-report-29-december-2013-report-number-5
4. For more information, contact Estelle Marais, Head of Communication, ACT Alliance, at esm@actalliance.org

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