Sarasota, Fla. (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is traveling to South Sudan on June 29 to discuss the distribution of emergency shelter with other aid agencies, in response to continuing conflict in the African country.
Sudan split into two countries in July 2011 after the people of the south voted for independence. However, there are still unresolved issues between Sudan's Khartoum and South Sudan's Juba, including disputes over the border around Abyei; and contestation over oil-rich areas. Families have become displaced from their homes.
People from the south who had been living further north due to displacement from more than 50 years of civil war are now being forced to return to South Sudan and leave what has been their home for decades. They have nowhere to go. ShelterBox is responding to fill this void and working toward bringing the displaced families shelter and dignity.
UK-based SRT members Tom Lay and Tom Dingwall will be meeting with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) to coordinate a tent distribution plan.
Tom Lay says that collaboration is key in this response:
"Given the complexity of the situation in South Sudan and the ever-changing developments in this ongoing crisis, it is crucial that ShelterBox liaises with other actors in the humanitarian community. We must ensure that any ShelterBox response targets the people in most need efficiently, safely and in line with the wider humanitarian response strategy."
"Multi-agency collaboration allows resources to be consolidated. This results in a more financially economical distribution of aid as organizations are accountable to each other, as well as to their donors. The more support we can receive from other organizations means we can spend a greater percentage of each donation directly on the aid allowing us to provide more families with shelter.'
Currently, 58,000 people are living in Yida, a refugee camp in Unity State close to the contested border, and approximately 1,000 more arrive each day; 1,152 ShelterBox disaster relief tents are en route to the affected areas.
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