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UJOSS AND CEPO give a shoulder to flood victims

By Wecnyin Turic Bol

The union of Journalists of South Sudan together with Community for Progress Organization has pledged full solidarity and support to the flood victims across the country.

According to the press Release extended to Juba Monitor yesterday, it stated steps which both bodies would undertake to render services to the people in the respective regions affected by flood.

“UJOSS and CEPO will travel to Bentiu in Unity State in a one-day solidarity visit this month. Unity State is one of the worst affected areas in the country. According to UNOCHA in South Sudan, an estimated 426,000 people were affected and displaced by floods in the country since May 2021. People in Jonglei and Unity states, as well as Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Upper Nile states have been the worst affected”, it under scored.

The recent assessment done by the aid agencies concluded that there was a need for an immediate response in those regions considering the dire need of basic necessities.

“Assessments by aid agencies suggest that priority needs of the people include food assistance, emergency shelter and non-food items, water, sanitation and hygiene services and hygiene kits, health and nutrition supplies and services, protection services and dignity kits, and fishing kits for livelihood support”, it read.

However, both UJOSS and CEPO lamented of numerous setbacks that hampered their efforts to efficiently deliver these items to flood dupes in time. Meanwhile, both entities invited journalists to contribute whatever they could be capable of to UJOSS office towards the endeavor.

“Heavy rains, infrastructure damage and reduced physical accessibility, funding constraints and insecurity have however, hampered the flood response. UJOSS and CEPO will include media houses and journalists in the solidarity visit. UJOSS and CEPO further informs journalists who still wish to contribute to the endeavor to take whatever they can provide to UJOSS Office at Customs Market Opposite Shalina Pharmacy or at Airport Business Center or CEPO Office at the Women’s Union Compound by Thursday”, it stated.

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