What Oxfam is doing
Oxfam moved staff and supplies in to the area in late 2011 in anticipation that a big influx of people could come as the fighting in Blue Nile intensified. So far we have reached over 71,500 people with emergency support.
In December 2011 we chartered three planes from Juba (the capital of South Sudan) to bring up staff, food, camping equipment, and equipment such as generators, submersible pumps and water pipes.
Blog: Getting water to thousands of refugees in Upper Nile
One of the most difficult and expensive places in the world to provide aid, thousands have been living in flood-prone areas for almost two years relying on aid agencies to truck in water and provide food. The camp of Jamam proved untenable due to its heavy flooding in the wet season. As an emergent measure, the camp was closed and refugees relocated to a new less flood prone site where Oxfam has erected a sophisticated water pipeline to sustain the refugee and surrounding host community population pumping water from a borehole situated 7kms away, which feeds a 33km distribution and
reticulation system within the refugee camp. Latrine construction and public health promotion activities have been intensified during this relocation exercise and in preparation for the wet season.
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