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Humanitarian work coordination office opened in Juba

Author : | Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A coordination office for all humanitarian organizations has been officially opened in Juba.

The government launched the opening of the office yesterday at Juba International Airport in order to facilitate movement of humanitarian personnel and cargo into conflict-affected areas in the country.

Last month, President Salva Kiir instructed all security forces and government institutions to cooperate with aid and medical organizations.

“One of the issues the office has been doing is to provide access to the NGOs to the locations that request them to operate, and to provide the needs of the people,” Thomas Tombe Loro, Relief and Rehabilitation Commission’s Acting Director General told Eye Radio.

“Number two, is the issue of taxes, clearance of relief and the issue of visas for the NGOs; it also will facilitate the work permit for NGOs.”

Mr Tombe added that the humanitarian office will work in coordination with the Office of the President.

Two weeks ago, President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar recommitted their forces to the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

They agreed to open up humanitarian corridors in River Nile, Sobat, roads, rail and air corridors.

They also agreed to facilitate humanitarian assistance and observe one month of a temporary ceasefire.

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