Campaign against discriminating Coronavirus victims launched in Bor

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The first ever door to door campaign against coronavirus discrimination commenced in Bor town of Jonglei last week

The awareness is covering three Greater counties of Bor South, Twic East and Duk respectively.

On the other hand, the campaign aimed at developing mechanism for locals to coexist amid the discrimination of the infected.

In the light of the campaign, the community volunteers embarked on the road show with key messages on COVID-19 and house to house awareness with drawn images.

It is being conducted by Christian Agency for Peace and Development through funding from the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) in Jonglei State.

Guot Kiir Guot, Field Coordinator at Christian Agency for Peace and Development (CAPaD) in Jonglei said that at least 3,800 households have been covered within Bor and its suburbs since the campaign started.

He also added that at least more 2,000 locals were also reached on the road show in all the counties.

Kiir confirmed that the whole focus was to educate and reach the masses to enclose knowledge on coronavirus without discrimination for others.  

“We are looking at the possibilities of enabling the masses to get sensitized. We want them to be aware of the pandemic and not to incite each other as we enable them to adapt to the preventive measures more concretely,” he said..

Mr. Kiir explained that the campaign would also make people lead the fight against coronavirus jointly without tribes or clans.   

“This is to avoid stereotyping basically among people; it will let people cease from stigma of the virus adding, the spirit of solidarity is paramount during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

According to Kiir, it would enable unity among the people as well as develop coping mechanism for coexistence during the pandemic.

Elizabeth Ajah, a resident of Marol area, who is a beneficiary of the campaign, said that the locals will now enhance basic understanding to combat the pandemic.

“As communities, we were traumatized when the pandemic broke out in the country, but since our people started the campaigns, we are now getting to know some of the preventive measures,” she said.

David Garang Goch, Jonglei Civil Society Network Chairperson said that it was high time for young people to join hands together and sensitize the communities on coronavirus.

He said that coronavirus would be quelled if the locals join hands together and work for the welfare of the people.

The entire community awareness raising and road show are targeting roughly 10,000 households

The campaign was meant to sensitize the masses to be aware of the spread of the pandemic among the communities.

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