Among large populations of vulnerable, displaced persons it is easy to overlook individuals who suffer even greater, special disadvantage than others in their communities. In a recent Quick Impact Project, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan's Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP) section, in partnership with the Humanitarian and Development Consortium (HDC) targeted the particular needs of persons with physical and sight impairments in the Malakal Protection of Civilians site.
In an event presided over by the UNMISS's Head of Field Office in Malakal, Hazel Dewet, 100 wheel chairs and 100 white canes were handed over to vulnerable persons. Promising UNMISS's continued support for individuals with special needs, Dewet expressed her appreciation of the contributions of HDC and other partners in realising the intervention's aim.
After a celebratory ceremony of song and dance that included large sections of the PoC population, the chairman of the Peace and Security Council in the Malakal PoC site, Matthew B. Chol, thanked UNMISS and the contributing partners. Addressing the PoC population, he pointed out that even with the wheel-chairs and canes, the beneficiaries would still need the social support and care of the camp community as they navigated their way around the camp.