Needs remain acute in South Sudan, where recent fighting has exacerbated a situation that was already very precarious for thousands of people. The Red Cross continues to expand their humanitarian activities in order to bring help to those who need it most.
"The situation remains tense and unpredictable. As a result, humanitarian needs keep multiplying," said Melker Mabeck, a Red Cross staff member in South Sudan. "Many people urgently need food, water and shelter. Many family members have been separated. Our priority is to bring aid quickly to those who need it most."
"We were already running a major humanitarian operation prior to the conflict in December," he explained. "During the past weeks, the [Red Cross] has expanded the geographical scope of its humanitarian work and continued to reach more people who had to leave their homes because of the violence, people whose needs are growing."
A distribution of food rations to nearly 94,000 people started this week in an area called Minkamen, in Awerial County, the site of the largest concentration of displaced people in the country. Each family will receive a food ration.
More than 48,000 refugees have crossed into Uganda in search of safety. The Red Cross is focusing on supporting the reception centers and the refugee settlements by improving water, hygiene conditions, improving health and psycho-social well being.