Juliao says crossing the emergency threshold is a significant gain made in eliminating persistent water crisis in Bidi Bidi refugee Settlement. He says before crossing the threshold, agencies had to collect and treat water from River Nile, a distance of more than 50 Kilometers using water bowser tracks for refugees to access water every day.
Daily supply of water to South Sudan Refugees living in Bidi Bidi
Refugee Settlement in Yumbe district has finally overtaken the emergency water
The supply recently crossed the emergency threshold of 15 Litres per person per
day following the commissioning of series of newly constructed underground
water treatment plants.
Acacio Jafar Juliao, the Head of Sub Office of the UN Refugee Agency, the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – UNHCR in Yumbe says the daily
current supply stands at 16 litres per
person per day, just one litre above the
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Juliao says crossing the emergency threshold is a significant gain made in
eliminating persistent water crisis in Bidi Bidi refugee Settlement. He says
before crossing the threshold, agencies had to collect and treat water from
River Nile, a distance of more than 50 Kilometres using water bowser tracks for
refugees to access water every day.
On Thursday, UNHCR officials commissioned two additional motorized water
treatment plants to supply water to 6,500 refugees who are still stuck below
the Emergency daily water supply threshold.
Sheila Akullu, the UNHCR Wash officer says the two plants will propel the 6,500
refugees in the two villages worst affected by persistent water crisis to 20
Liters per person per day, well beyond the emergency daily water supply
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The two motorized water treatment plants were constructed using
donations of 100,000 Euros, approximately shillings 418 Million from in
Equatorial Coca Cola, a franchise of Coca Cola united in South Sudan. Refugees
received the two plants with a joyful festival of cheers, music and dance.
Mark Hoogendam, the Managing
Director of Coca Cola Equatoria said they were prompted to intervene in the
lives of the Refugees by a 2018 Board decision on Corporate Socia responsibility.
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Maureen Kyomuhendo, the Public Affairs and Communications Manager of Coca Cola
Beverages Africa in Uganda says delivering water to the refugees is part of a
major ongoing project to deliver clean and safe water to water-stressed communities across the region.
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Rogers Mugenyi, the Emergency Water Officer of Water Mission Uganda says
Village Nine and Ten were lagging behind the rest of the settlement in access
to clean and safe water. He says with the motorized systems in place, the
persisting water crisis in the area should be history alongside the expensive
unsustainable water tracking system.
The systems are expected to become fully operational in May this year when
pipes are laid to deliver supplies to more affected villages in the settlement.
Until then, Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe district is deeply stuck in
the worst water crisis in its history of establishment.
Northern Uganda and the West Nile last experienced the worst water crisis in
2016 following a devastating drought triggered by Oceanographic changes in the
The rights to safe drinking water and sanitation is a fundamental
human right embodied under the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights. It states that 20 litres per capita per day is a minimum
quantity required to realize minimum essential levels of the right, but there
remain significant health concerns to achieving the right universally.
To ensure the full realization of the right, it is recommended that States
should aim for at least 50 to 100 litres per person per day.