COVID-19 cases confirmed in South Sudan

Light for the World’s Sophia Mohammed reacts to news of COVID-19 in South Sudan: “what happens next will be crucial”
people in a camp (c) Light for the World

 

Responding to the news COVID-19 has been confirmed in a ‘protection of civilians’ camp in Juba which has more than 32,000 refugees, Sophia Mohammed – Light for the World’s Country Director – warned:

“The news that COVID-19 has reached Juba comes as no surprise. But what happens next will be crucial.

People are living in very crowded spaces and they are hungry. We’re seeing more and more cases of extreme malnutrition among the children and adults with disabilities we work with. 

In the past, people with disabilities have not been able to access international aid or support.

Our plea to governments and the big aid agencies is this: make all food and COVID-19 help delivered to camps in South Sudan — where an estimated 250,000 people with disabilities live — accessible for everyone. Leave no-one behind.”