UN bases in South Sudan "not prepared" for prolonged sheltering of civilians

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Peacekeepers distributing water to Wau residents sheltering at UNMISS compound. Wau, Western Bahr El-Ghazal, South Sudan. 19 December 2012. UN Photo

People accommodated in UN camps after being displaced by the ongoing civil war in South Sudan are living in "very poor" sanitary conditions according to the United Nations mission in the country, UNMISS.

Almost 100,000 displaced people or IDPs are currently sheltering in 10 UNMISS bases across South Sudan.

In one camp in Bentiu town over 130 people share one latrine. Flooding also occurs on a regular basis.  The UN said two to three people die every day in the camp.

UNMISS said it had not expected and was not prepared to house so many IDPs for such a prolonged time.

It added that the uncertainties surrounding the cessation of hostilities and the projected deterioration of the food security situation in the country means that the number of IDPs in bases will remain high over the coming months.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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