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Flood Initiative receives non-food items for Bor’s victims

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

Flood Management Initiative (FMI), and Solidarity Action Group (SAG), both local youth initiatives have on Monday received Non-Food Items (NFIs) donated by the South Sudan International Gateway and other ICT companies to support flood victims in Bor.

The local groups are working hard to liaise with local and International partners to respond to the flooding in Bor town.

John Kordit, Director of Logistics and Procurement at South Sudan International Gateway said the donated items include tenths, blankets and mosquito nets necessary for displaced persons. 

“We were able to contribute these items; namely, 150 tenths, 200 blankets plus 100 blankets of the other types making a total of 300 blankets and 1,000 mosquitoes nets,” he explained to the press on Monday in Juba.

According to Kordit, such kind of assistance was an effort of standing in solidarity with the people of Jonglei State. 

The Director said the contribution was a fraction of their corporate social responsibility with the local groups of IT companies especially the Nilotech and Pine Group. 

He revealed that they will continue to rally the ICT sector and contribute more in the near future while appealing to the indigenous companies to show up and support the flood victims.

Grace Apadag, Chief Executive Officer of NiloTech called on the well wishers and the South Sudanese to assist the people of Bor.  

“We have to give to our society. We are calling unto all the South Sudanese, locals companies and individuals to help the people of Bor in this context,” she said. 

“If you have something that you can’t use at home, just donate it and it will help a mother, child or an old person somewhere in Jonglei State,” she concluded.

Dr. Mach Martin Majier, the Former Mayor of Bor town and a Chairperson of Flood Management Initiative (FMI) appreciated the group of companies for their contribution. He said the persisting flood catastrophe will only be addressed when people join hands together.

Dr. Martin said the items would be taken to the ground in the next two to three days, adding that “this is an emergency and we need to move faster.”

According to him, the group will ensure transparency in delivering the aid. 

“The people who were displaced in the rural areas are already in Bor. They are thousands of them and they will benefit from this donation,” he stated.

David Majak, the Executive Director of Solidarity Action Group, (SAG), one of the partnering organizations with Flood Management Initiative encouraged other Community Based Organizations to join in the response. He said the State of Emergency on Jonglei should be treated as a period for immediate response and assistance.

“As we heard of the State of Emergency on Jonglei, this is a call for International and local companies to fill the gaps of supporting floods affected victims,” he concluded.

At least there are number of local organizations working to gather contributions for Jonglei flood affected victims. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management had recently said they were working hard to respond to the emergency in Bor. 

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