South Sudan, 22 April 2014: UNICEF: Desperate water shortages facing children in Bentiu
Last week’s fighting doubles population sheltering at UN base
22 April 2014, JUBA, South Sudan – Tens of thousands of people who fled targeted ethnic violence in Bentiu last week are receiving just one litre of safe drinking water per day in the desperately overcrowded UN base, UNICEF said today.
The UN children’s agency says the influx – more than 10,000 people arrived last week, taking the population of the UN Mission’s Protection of Civilians site to approximately 23,000 – together with continued unrest and the beginning of the rainy season, has put an unbearable strain on the emergency response.
The agency has maintained staff in Bentiu and is rapidly responding to the urgent needs, drilling new boreholes for water, and today flying in parts for the construction of new latrines. However, UNICEF said it remains hindered by a lack of funding and access.
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