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Artists union raises fund for flood victims

By Okan Thomas Onyango

Jonglei Artists Union in partnership with the Red Army Foundation and South Sudan Artists Union conducted a fundraising event to support flood victims in Mangalla and Jonglei state.

Emmanuel Reech, the chairperson of Jonglei Artists Union and the committee organizing the fundraising said that the fundraising is to help and support the flood victims who have been displaced to Mangalla due to floods and those who are still affected in Jonglei state.

“We are conducting this fundraising to help the vulnerable people affected by the floods as we are collecting anything you have that can help the vulnerable people of Jonglei state,” Reech said.

Reech further narrated that after visiting Jonglei state two weeks ago, he found that the situation was terrible and there is need for urgent intervention to assist the vulnerable flood affected people.

“People of Jonglei are really in need of assistance in terms of food and non-food items so far we have conducted two similar fundraising before one in Nimule and the other one in Shirkat and this is the third one and after gathering all these items then we shall distribute them to those displaced to Mangalla and the ones affected in Jonglei,” Reech narrated.

Reech mentioned that so far they have managed to collect some sacks of wheat flour, mosquito nets, blankets however he didn’t mentioned the sum of money collected as they are waiting for the unfulfilled pledges.

Meanwhile, Chol Mar Anyuon the secretary of the organizing committee and a performing artist is urging everyone to take responsibility to be the living dyke for their own people.

“As an artist, I look at everything easy as we come together to embrace the power of melody as we gather to take the responsibility and be the living dyke for our own people,” Mar said.

The fundraising concert was conducted at Nyakuron Cultural Centre under the Theme: “Together we shall overcome.”

According to Greater Jonglei Relief and Rehabilitation Commission monthly floods report for October, eleven counties have been submerged under water and over four hundred thousand people are displaced in the Greater Jonglei.

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