A message from Board President Jay Sjerven regarding the the recent developments in South Sudan:
Hello UNA members & friends,
The following note was sent me yesterday by Maurice, a chapter member who is a civilian member of the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan. He returned to South Sudan over the weekend from abroad and is hard at work helping provide for refugees from the violence there. His note and photos are below.In the event you're not familiar with some of the acronyms, IDPs are internally displaced people, UNMISS is UN Mission in South Sudan, WFP is World Food Program, and IOM is International Organization for Migration.
Here are some pics from my first day back at work. I was placed in charge security for the IDP food distribution site located inside the UNMISS compound. As you know, about 18-20,000 IDPs sought refuge inside the UNMISS camp. So, now we are working hand in hand with the humanitarian organizations (to include NGOs), UN Military (Japanese and Rwandese) and UN Police to provide as much assistance as required in a secure environment. This is what UN work is all about. In times of crisis all organizations merge together into cooperative unit that serves humanity. Oftentimes when we get involved in our daily responsibilities, we lose sight of the big picture. Today, the big picture came through very clear. WFP and IOM registered and provided items to 89 families/894 individuals. We started setting up the site beginning at 7 AM. However, distribution did not start until around noon. It went until 3. These are the numbers for 3-hours of work. Tomorrow will definitely be more since it will start around 9.
Today ran very smooth. Tomorrow is another day.
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