Jesuit Missions providing emergency tents in South Sudan
Following the outbreak of violent attacks on humanitarian aid agencies in South Sudan two weeks ago, Jesuit Missions is providing high quality emergency tents for the displaced JRS staff in Maban ensuring the well-being of all staff after the attacks.
On Monday 23rd July, eight aid agencies operating in Maban were forced to suspend their activities and evacuate their staff following violent attacks from local youth. Although the main JRS compound was spared, the Arrupe learning centre was badly affected by the attackers. This is where JRS hold their English classes and computer and teacher training, causing a pause in lessons for some time.
“The level of destruction and looting which occurred during the attack of 23rd July in Maban is completely unwarranted and appalling. The brutal attack has brought most of our activities to a complete stop. JRS South Sudan remains committed to the people in Maban and is willing to resume its activities that benefit refugees, IDPs and host community members. At the same time, JRS needs assurance that humanitarians will not be targeted again and that the rule of law prevails so that our team members can live and serve in a safe and conducive environment.”
Maban is located in the Upper Nile state of South Sudan and supports more than 140, 000 refugees from Sudan and a large number of Internally displaced people (IDP). Jesuit Refugee Service South Sudan support both refugees and the host communities through the provision of English classes and computer and teacher training, as well as psychosocial support services.