By Jok Mayom
JUBA, 26 November 2016 [Gurtong]-The chairperson of the group, Amer Manyok Deng said that the women held a meeting on Friday at the Kush Resort Hotel in Juba with the representatives of the displaced persons from different areas including Mangaten, Yei, Juba 2, Mahad amongst others.
“In our meeting, we heard from the IDPs about their dire humanitarian conditions. We appeal to the South Sudanese people, government and international partners to support the displaced population” said Manyok.
“We need to support our people who are displaced. We want our government to be very close to the people” she added.
Dudu Sebit, the Secretary of Finance of the Women Bloc on her part appealed for help for the displaced persons.
“We need them to be given sanitary facilities, shelter, clean drinking water, food and non-food items and education. We called upon the government to urgently make response to our people’s cry.”
Mary Nyibony a member of the bloc said their meeting with the IDPs was to encourage them and to assure the displaced that the Women Bloc of South Sudan will pass their grievances to the government. “We will tell the President to see into the issue of the IDPs.”
The IDPs have expressed conerns over the lack of clean drinking water, food and non-food items.
Meanwhile, Abuk Mayen Deng, an IDP living in Mangaten hails the government contribution with partners in providing them with food and tents. She hopes the same thing can be done to the Yei IDPs sheltering in Juba 2 and other areas.
IOM said the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continues to rise, and has now reached an all-time high of 1.87 million since December 2013, according to recent UN figures. Over 212,000 IDPs are hosted in UN protection of civilian (PoC) sites across the country.
“Worsening trends of insecurity are preventing IDPs from returning to their homes in many parts of the country. While civilians are grappling with deteriorating humanitarian conditions, access constraints are making it more difficult for IOM and relief agencies to deliver aid to the most vulnerable, particularly in recent weeks,” said IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission William Barriga.
IOM said “Violence also continues to drive increased displacement in other parts of the country, including areas around Yei, Central Equatoria”
Nearly 3 million South Sudanese have fled their homes in the past three years. With over 1.1 million refugees in neighbouring countries, over 362,000 people have fled the country since July, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
IOM continues to coordinate with relief partners to provide multi-sector humanitarian assistance to displaced and conflict-affected people across South Sudan.