IOM Assists IDPs in Conflict-Torn South Sudanese State

The International Organization for Migration has airlifted blankets, mosquito nets and other nonfood supplies to a South Sudanese state affected by tribal conflict that started Aug. 18. The conflict has already resulted in the deaths of at least 600 people.

The supplies will be distributed to some 3,500 people forced to flee their homes because of the conflict in Jonglei, the largest state of the recently independent country. Most of these internally displaced people are currently staying in makeshift camps in the villages of Pieri, Pulchol, Pathai, Yuai, Karaam and Mutot, also located within the state.

IOM said the camps lacked basic health and hygiene facilities, and have warned of the possibility of disease outbreaks. The organization also noted challenges faced by aid agencies assisting the IDPs, including attacks on aid workers and impassable roads to several villages.

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