June 28, 2012
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is traveling to South Sudan on June 29 to discuss the distribution of emergency shelter with other aid agencies, in response to continuing conflict in the African country.
Sudan split into two countries in July 2011 after the people of the south voted for independence. However, there are still unresolved issues between Sudan's Khartoum and South Sudan's Juba, including disputes over the border around Abyei; and contestation over oil-rich areas. Families have become displaced from their homes.
People from the south who had been living further north due to displacement from more than 50 years of civil war are now being forced to return to South Sudan and leave what has been their home for decades...Tom Lay says that collaboration is key in this response:
"Given the complexity of the situation in South Sudan and the ever-changing developments in this ongoing crisis, it is crucial that ShelterBox liaises with other actors in the humanitarian community. We must ensure that any ShelterBox response targets the people in most need efficiently, safely and in line with the wider humanitarian response strategy."
"Multi-agency collaboration allows resources to be consolidated. This results in a more financially economical distribution of aid as organizations are accountable to each other, as well as to their donors. USA
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity to families following more than 170 disasters in 80 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/6/prweb9653090.htm