UNHCR welcomes Japan’s commitment to vulnerable people

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The UN Refugee Agency has welcomed the contribution of 1 million USD from the people and government of Japan to protect and assist displaced persons across the country.

Since the outbreak of the conflict in 2016, Japan has donated nearly $17 million to support vital assistance of those forced to flee their homes.

Adan Ilmi, the UNHCR Representative in South Sudan affirmed that such generous donations like this from the Japanese will enable them to continue their work as they support refugees and internally displaced persons in the country.

Adan said such effort were being boosted to ensuring that no one was left behind.

“The country is at a pivotal moment, with many people still vulnerable and displaced as the implementation of the peace agreement goes on,” said the UNHCR Representative

“Japan’s donation will help support life-saving activities, such as healthcare, and equip forcibly displaced persons with the tools to rebuild their lives through education,” said added.

Programs being supported include primary healthcare centres in Makpandu refugee camp and Lasu refugee settlement in Western Equatoria located near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to the UNHCR, these centres are on the frontline of Ebola prevention as well as strengthening such health programs and facilities more critical as the county responds to the global pandemic.

The donation will also bolster UNHCR’s data-driven approach to humanitarian aid, strengthening protection monitoring and response in internal displacement sites, areas of return, and at key border crossing points according to UNHCR.

While South Sudan has yet to address all the root causes of forced displacement, which is necessary to ensure the 2.2 millions, South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries a safe and sustainable return, displaced families continue to come back in a self-organized manner. UNHCR, the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission and partners, which are monitoring the returnee’s protection needs, recorded 4,600 spontaneous returns in May.

“This assistance shows Japan’s strong and faithful commitment to addressing the basic needs of the most vulnerable populations in South Sudan,” said Seiji Okada, the outgoing Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan in a communiqué.

“The assistance to UNHCR comes during a critical time in South Sudan. Japan applauds the partnership between the Government of South Sudan and UNHCR to assist displaced populations and the most vulnerable, while supporting South Sudan’s efforts for its development,” he added.

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