A VISIT TO MANGALA
The national minister of Health and the Deputy Minister of Foreign affairs and International Cooperation led an assessment visit to Mangala Payam of Central Equatorial State, to witness the living conditions of the internally Displaced Persons from Jonglei state, on Saturday .The team upon arrival at Mangala gathered under a canopy of trees with the IDPs to share their ordeals about the impact of the floods back home and how much it has cost them in terms of poverty and social livelihood. Speaking to the media after addressing the gathering, the national minister of Health Elizabeth Acuei said the situation in which the IDPs are, is indeed appalling and heartbreaking, as she called for emergency intervention from the concerned government institutions and humanitarian agencies to step up support for the IDPs. She said most of the IDPs are living under open air spaces under trees without any blankets, mosquito nets and shelters to protect against rain. All these conditions would amount to water borne diseases.
On his part, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Deng Dau Deng also appealed to humanitarian agencies, especially those dealing with health to rescue the situation. He also affirmed that the national government and that of state would cooperate to ensure the two communities coexist in peace and harmony. He recommended the government to beef up security in Mangala to protect IDPs in the time of rehabilitation until they return to their place of origin.