Aid agencies register 75,000 conflict-affected people in South SudanListen /
Humanitarian agencies have registered about 75,000 people affected by conflict in Pibor County in the Jonglei State of South Sudan, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).
OCHA says some of the affected people have been displaced by a military offensive launched by government forces early this year against an armed rebel group led by David Yaw Yaw.
OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke says registration of the affected and displaced people is aimed at providing the people with food, water and hygiene support.
"Aid distributions have begun and agencies have reached about 55,000 people with a mix of food, water, household items such as jerry cans, soap, fishing equipment and blankets. Food distribution has begun in Pibor County to about 55,000 people. However, this aid distribution is challenged by extremely poor road conditions and insecurity." (21)
Jens Laerke says that to help scale up the response, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in August allocated $6 million to aid agencies to help them bring relief to affected communities in Pibor.
This is in addition to the $5.5 million which CERF allocated in June, the OCHA spokesperson adds.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.