Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SOUTH SUDAN--OPERATION COVER IT LIVE

MALAKAL LATRINE DUTY

TO: HEAD DETAIL
FROM: SANITATION DIV
SUBJ: CONDITIONS AT THE U.N. REFUGEE CAMP

THIS HAS BEEN REPORTED IN TAMAZUJ: (01/14/2014)

Sanitation problems at UN camp
As a result of Tuesday’s violence, the number of people seeking refuge at the UN base in Malakal nearly doubled to 20,000. The base is defended by just under 1,000 UN peacekeepers.
Heather Blackwell, country director of Danish Refugee Council said, “this huge increase of people further strains the limited water and sanitation facilities inside the camp and availability of food.”
“DRC has undertaken an immediate camp clean-up operation designating areas for defecation (as latrines are limited) and paying for bags of human solid waste to improve general conditions and reduce spread of disease,” she said in an e-mail quoted by Reuters.
The organization has paid residents the equivalent of $1 per bag to collect the waste. Thousands of the bags are being loaded onto trucks to be taken away and burned. However, for the time being the trucks remain parked inside the base because of the fighting.

Another NGO working in the sanitation sector, Oxfam, said that even before the new influx of nearly 10,000 people they were already “struggling” to provide enough latrines.
Oxfam country director Jose Barahona told Reuters that they were planning to send sanitation experts to Malakal on Wednesday but this now looks unlikely. Tuesday’s daily UN flight to Malakal was suspended because of the fighting.
Less than 200 latrines had been built in the base before the latest influx of people, which means that presently there is only one latrine for every 100 people, approximately.
“The open defecation areas will be very crowded and there is the risk of people getting sick,” said Barahona.

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