In Africa, millions of people survive by their livestock. Yet veterinary care is often insufficiently available. When farmers lose their herds to disease, drought or conflict, they lose everything: their pride, their culture, their savings and their livelihood. By helping to care for livestock and improve production, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium supports local populations in their struggle against hunger and poverty.

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Update South Sudan: "Two bases were looted"

David Wani, country representative in Juba for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium, sends us another update on the security situation in South Sudan. The promised negotiations between government and rebels have so far been unsuccesful. For our staff, the situation is becoming more and difficult. "Our two bases in Jonglei and Upper Nile were looted."

"At the moment, the impact on our project activities is considerable. The Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states were declared to be in a state of emergency by the government. This is where two of our projects are to be implemented. Also our two bases in Jonglei and Upper Nile were looted. Among the looted items are a vehicle in Ayod and camp items in Nassir.

The extend of the looting cannot be quantified at the moment, we are just relying on our sources in those locations. Flights to Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states are suspended until the state of emergency will be lifted.

The security situation differs from region to region. The safer areas for our project implementation are the Bahr El Ghazal areas. Two projects, in Warrap and in Jonglei, will not be affected."

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The local population is suffering. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled, to safer regions or to the neigbouring countries. On 10 January 2014 the number of internally displaced people was estimated on 352.000. Those who did not flee, try to get by as well as they can. That is why we try, wherever possible, to keep our projects going. 

At least half of our projects in South Sudan are emergency focussed. They are implemented in line with the internationally recognized Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS). These projects have an important impact, especially considering the fact that more 90% of the population depends on livestock for their livelihoods. Our work also supports returnees, internally displaced persons and vulnerable host pastoralist communities.

If the animals die, these families have no income and no food. By keeping the cattle healthy, you help save lives. Helps us to prevent a catastrophe.

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