Devastation at Malakal PoC camp - the aftermath

Sunday February 21, 2016

Devastation at Malakal PoC camp

Efforts continue to manage the devastating aftermath of the violence waged against the people and infrastructure of the United Nations Protection of Civilians Camp in Malakal. Here at HDC, we are working hard to pick up the pieces and to resume our duties to these most vulnerable people whose lives have again been violently disrupted.

We are also frantically looking to find two of our staff members who have not been seen or heard from since the day of the clashes. Repeatedly, humanitarian aid workers and innocent, harmless civilians find themselves the victims of armed groups.

One of our priorities has been the retrieval of persons with special needs. Unable to flee the fighting, these people found themselves cut off from fleeing family. Upto 50,000 people fleeing unrest in north-eastern South Sudan had taken shelter inside the camp, attracted by its razor-wire ringed fence and patrols by U.N. troops. News reports claim at least 18 deaths, tens of injuries and the devastation of large sections of the camp.

Present efforts are focused on the old PoC site, but organisations including HDC are next embarking on conducting protection efforts inside Malakal town to which many IDPs fled during the violence. The camp is still heavily scarred and tense after the violence, and food distribution processes have to cope with IDPs fear of returning to sector 2 where much of the violence occurred.

On a day such as this, we salute the courage of our frontline staff whose resolve to stand with the vulnerable and weak exposes them to this great danger.

UPDATE: We are happy to report that the two staff members have been found safe and sound.

2.2 m
persons displaced across South Sudan since December 2013
HDC works in camps to provide food, shelter, livelihoods and protection services
Mission:
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 has been an
active national NGO in East Africa for ten-years
– a clear track record of strong commitment to the communities we serve.
HDC is honoured to partner with
DanChurch Aid, CARE South Sudan, CARE Netherlands, Government of The Netherlands
HDC
is honoured to partner with many organizations,
including UNHCR, UNMISS, UNDP
Last year HDC
worked with over 30,000 people in need across South Sudan.
Today in South Sudan
less than 1% of girls will complete their education.
A girl in South Sudan
is 2X less likely to have access to education than a boy.
According to UNICEF, 72%
of children in South Sudan did not have access to school last year.
<13%
of people in South Sudan have access to sanitation facilities
HDC constructs sanitary facilities and conducts advocacy interventions that endorse better hygiene practices
5.1 million people
are facing severe food insecurity today (IPC)
1.9 million people
are displaced in South Sudan (OCHA)
2.4 m
face severe food insecurity due to displacement and adverse climate
HDC supports improved resilience and productivity by distributing seeds, inputs and implements
2 million
South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)