36 Households in Mahad IDP Camp Lose Their Shelters

Monday April 4, 2016

Mahad Ashes

UNHCR and HDC were given a tour of a section of Mahad IDP by community leaders. The section had been razed by a strong fire starting around 7 p.m on 3rd of April 2016.

Among the hazards involved in living in close quarters in an IDP camp is that housing material is highly flammable, spatial restrictions force families to live in high density, and are likely to store highly combustible substances in their homes.

While it isn't clear what set it off, the fire ravaged through Mahad IDP camp with a force that made locals suspect it had been ignited around a vessel storing petrol. So powerful was the blaze that nothing but ash where the shetlers stood. Quick action by 10 households who took off the protective sheeting on their shelters stopped the fire spreading further. Still, by the time it had been quenched, 36 households had lost their shelters, and with them valuable property, documents, and their sense of security.

It is a blessing that the community spirit furnished them through the night, and in the subsequent days. HDC and UNHCR responded to the call for help from the community, and pledged to quickly restore the victims of the fire to their previous accommodation.

2.2 m
persons displaced across South Sudan since December 2013
HDC works in camps to provide food, shelter, livelihoods and protection services
The mission of HDC is to support vulnerable people affected by crises to attain dignified and prosperous lives through impactful community resilience and practical, innovative programs.
HDC is honoured to partner with
DanChurch Aid, CARE South Sudan, CARE Netherlands, Government of The Netherlands
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active national NGO in East Africa for ten-years
– a clear track record of strong commitment to the communities we serve.
Last year HDC
worked with over 30,000 people in need across South Sudan.
is honoured to partner with many organizations,
According to UNICEF, 72%
of children in South Sudan did not have access to school last year.
A girl in South Sudan
is 2X less likely to have access to education than a boy.
Today in South Sudan
less than 1% of girls will complete their education.
of people in South Sudan have access to sanitation facilities
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2 million
South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)
5.1 million people
are facing severe food insecurity today (IPC)
2.4 m
face severe food insecurity due to displacement and adverse climate
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1.9 million people
are displaced in South Sudan (OCHA)