Displaced persons in dire need of assistance

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The living condition of thousands of people displaced by insecurity in Yambio, Western Equatoria state is getting worse. Up to 5,000 people, mainly women and children fled their homes and are seeking safety at the compound of the Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA). According to church leaders on the ground, the IDPs lack food and clean water. Speaking to media from Yambio, Pastor Nathan Betuli, working with ADRA, says the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is providing protection and water to the displaced persons, these vulnerable people urgently need food and shelter. “These people are suffering; children mostly are suffering sleeping on the cold weather, the women are seeking for the food by themselves and no assistance given to them at all. The condition of the people is getting worse. And UMISS tried to provide water to this people which just helped them, but the toilets and other facilities are not there,” said Betuli Meanwhile, a woman displaced by the insecurity in Yambio town gave birth to a baby boy in a small shelter outside the ADRA compound. The baby was delivered by a midwife from ADRA. The child’s father, Luka Toobo told media that his wife went into labour at the height of the fighting. “This trouble started when my wife was already in a pain. We tried to run to the hospital, but there was nobody in hospital, and we had to come back. We entered ADRA and there was no space. So we suffered throughout the night until morning. I was told there is midwife somewhere by the gate side; we went there and got her. We asked the guards to open for us the gate to go behind the room which is next to ADRA Camp. Thank God she has delivered the baby safely; the most important thing I am happy, is because my wife is safe and I have seen a new baby,” explained Toobo. The unrest broke out in Yambio early this week following the arrest of youth suspects by police. Two Policemen were killed and one injured in crossfire between security personnel and an armed group in Masia, an area northwest of Yambio town. It is reported that Yambio town has experiences relative calm since Wednesday, the government is carrying investigation what caused the fight.

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