South Sudan: Overcrowded camp threatened by upcoming rains

04 March 2014

In the Tomping camp, in Juba, South Sudan, living conditions are extremely poor. The camp is overcrowded, with only 10 square metres for every person in the camp, and water and sanitation is also a major problem. More than fifty people have to share the same latrine, which is above the emergency threshold standard for such a setting.

The rainy season will start at the end of March, which, unless residents are moved to a place that is less crowded with a better drainage system, will cause an increase in diarrhoeal diseases and malaria. A flooded, overcrowded camp would make the situation untenable for the camp residents, many of whom are too fearful of being attacked if they were to return home. There is now the ambition to move part of the residents to the Juba 3 camp, where conditions are better.

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