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UNMISS transfers 2,000 IDPs to its Jebel protection site

Author : Junior Ali | Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The UN Mission in the country says it has so far relocated almost 2,000 internally displaced people from its camp in Thongpiny to the Protection of Civilians’ site in Jebel Kujur due to overcrowding.

The IDPs are mainly those who fled the violence between the SPLA and opposition forces in Juba last month.

The UNMISS Spokesperson, Shantal Persaud, told Eye Radio that other than protection, the camp in Thongpiny does not offer humanitarian assistance.

“That location is a transit site; it is not set up to fill with civilians and you don’t have any services there,” Ms Persaud stressed. “All the humanitarian services are being offered at the Jebel PoC site.”

She said children have also been given priority in the process because they are at risk of malnutrition.

She says about 2000 other IDPs are yet to be transferred in the ongoing process, which will continue for the coming few months.

More than 190,000 IDPs are sheltering in six POC sites across the country. These include both those who fled the conflict in 2013 and the recent one in Juba.

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