Pope donates $75,000 for flood victims in Upper Nile

Pope donates $75,000 for flood victims in Upper Nile
Pope Francis (photo credit: courtesy)

Pope Francis has donated $75,000 for Malakal Catholic Diocese to assist flood-affected victims afflicted by the heavy rains that hit Upper Nile State.

The donation was part of the Vatican’s contribution to emergency activities and program to sustain over 12,000 displaced persons whose homes have been destroyed, the Vatican Dicastery announced on Monday.

According to the officials of Dicastery, the donation was also part of Pope Francis’ ‘‘feeling of spiritual familiarity and fatherly encouragement’’ to the people and the priests at the diocese affected by the floods.

The Dicastery further stated that such donations accompany prayer and were part of the aid that was being triggered throughout Catholic Churches that involved several charitable organizations.

At least 466,000 people have been displaced by floods since May 2021, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs (UNOCHA) said in August.

The most affected people are from Jonglei and Unity States followed by Northern Bahr el Ghazal and the Upper Nile States that have been the hardest-hit to date.

According to the recent assessment carried out by UNOCHA, priority intervention measures need to include food assistance, emergency shelters, and non-food items, water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

There is also a need for hygiene kits, health and nutrition supplies, and protection services and dignity kits, and fishing kits for livelihood support.

According to the Vatican statement, the Catholic Diocese of Tombura and Yambio counties in Western Equatoria State also wrote to the Holy See in September 2021 for aid assistance for the people affected by the recent conflict in Tombura.