Relief update: UNICEF set to deliver more supplies to victims of xenophobic violence
Pretoria, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF today said it plans to deliver more basic emergency supplies urgently needed by women and children affected by recent outbreaks of xenophobic violence in several of South Africa’s informal settlements. The relief supplies will be distributed through several of its NGO partners working on the ground to provide assistance to the victims.
UNICEF has prepositioned for handover more than 35 early childhood kits, including toys, crayons, paper, etc., that will cater for children aged 0 – 5 years old to help meet the educational and recreational needs of some 1,000 young children affected by the violence. The child development materials will be distributed through a local partner, Active Learning and Leisure Libraries South Africa.
Help to get fearful children back in school
In addition, UNICEF will deliver 1,500 adult hygiene kits that include soap, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, toothpaste. Some 7,500 baby diapers will also be distributed to mothers through the South African Red Cross.
Child health concerns
UNICEF has pledged to do its utmost to help South Africa’s Department of Health and the Disaster Management Center to set up temporary clinics and to help the ensure that living conditions are humane and sanitary for all the displaced persons.