Juba, 28 May, 2020 / 3:08 am (ACI Africa).
The humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) is supporting local organizations in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, in their response to COVID-19 crisis, an official of the UK-based organization in South Sudan has said.
“We are supporting local organizations who have on-the-ground expertise to tackle coronavirus and help more families survive,” CAFOD’s Country Representative in South Sudan, Ibrahim Njuguna has been quoted as saying Tuesday, May 26.
He added, “We are working together to deliver vital hygiene messages via radio, and even via megaphones in hard-to-reach areas. Community groups are translating these messages into local languages so that they can be heard and understood by as many people as possible.”
Amid global concerns over increased cases of gender-based violence during COVID-19 confinement, the country representative has noted that his agency is also working with women’s groups “to protect wives, mothers and girlfriends from the risk of domestic violence.”
“Not having enough food, or clean water to wash your hands, makes the coronavirus a devastating threat to families in South Sudan,” Mr. Njuguna further said.