The Government of Japan and the Ministry of Transportation, Roads and Bridges jointly inaugurated today a river port in Mingkaman, Awerial County. The $4.1 million port facility, funded by the people of Japan and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), will expand the capacity to provide life-saving supplies to South Sudan’s civilian population, particularly those people affected by displacement after the 2013 conflict.
Mingkaman is one of the largest spontaneous settlement sites in the country, with more than 100,000 registered Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) having arrived here from neighboring regions. Despite continued efforts to improve living conditions for IDPs, humanitarian access to the affected areas has been hampered by a lack of robust surface transportation systems, especially during the rainy season. As a result, the IDPs have faced severe food shortages and increased risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases. In response to the humanitarian situation, Japan and UNOPS collaborated to install drainage systems inside the settlement sites to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions to mitigate the risk of waterborne diseases. Read More