Press release

Medair responding to humanitarian needs in Juba, South Sudan

15 July 2016

Paola Barioli

Media Relations Officer

Lausanne, July 15, 2016

One week ago, on July 8, conflict erupted in the capital city of South Sudan, Juba, causing the displacement of about 36 000 people at the height of the fighting, thousands of which have taken refuge in churches and UN Protection of Civilian sites.

As part of a joint initiative, Medair has started assessing needs in order to be able to bring life-saving help to the displaced and affected people in Juba. Currently, Medair is processing the registration of non-food item beneficiaries in St Theresa’s church and distributing those items (bed mats, mosquito nets and blankets), alongside the International Organization for Migration, to about 2000 displaced people who have taken refuge in UNMISS’ Tongping Protection of Civilians site.

Moreover, Medair is working on rehabilitating the borehole in St Theresa’s church in order to give 1000 people access to safe drinking water; we are also planning to provide support to those who have suffered gender-based violence during the fighting in a clinic Medair is supporting near Gudele. We are also hoping to provide medical supplies if access and transportation is possible.

The safety of our staff remains a priority, the members of our staff who are non-essential to this response have been evacuated and we are bringing in staff with critical skills to help manage this response.

Medair calls on all parties to the conflict to uphold the cease-fire so that life-saving assistance can reach the people who need it.  We hope and pray that lasting peace will come to South Sudan along with renewed hope for the future.

South Sudan became an independent nation on 9 July 2011. Medair has been present in the region since 1991, and since the beginning of the conflict has been assisting thousands of affected people through nutrition, health, water and sanitation, and emergency shelter. You can find out more about our work in South Sudan on our website


Media enquiries should be directed to:  Paola Barioli, Press Relations Officer, +41(0)78 635 30 95
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Medair is an international humanitarian NGO that provides emergency relief and recovery services to families made vulnerable by natural disasters, conflicts, and other crises. For more information about Medair, click here.  This release was produced with resources gathered by Medair field and headquarters staff. The views expressed herein are those solely of Medair and should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of any other organisation.