20190517|Verteth -Pibor Verification Repor INTERSOS and HDC|May 2019
The conflict affected IDPs are living in temporary shelters (tukuls) made out of soft grass and plastic sheet, which make them very vulnerable to the weather conditions like rains. Some of them indicated that when it’s raining they will have to stand all night. A few had old plastic sheets which they said that were provided by their relatives or the host community. They indicated that the land where they have settled was provided by their relatives, the host community and the church. The compounds visited had an average of 2-4 Shelters with an average of 5-10 individuals per Household. From the verified households the results showed that 40% households are headed by males and 60% by Females. Though 100% of the IDPs interviewed felt safe staying and receiving humanitarian assistance in their current locations, they are willing to go back to their places of origin once total peace is realised.
The IDPs reported that their livelihoods depend on support from the host community, collecting wild fruits, and casual labour. They don’t sell anything but mainly depend on whatever they collect or work for to feed their families household consumption coupled with support from the host.
Local poles are available but no grass available for thatching of shelters.
The IDPs sites have an average of 1-3 temporary small shelters per location with an average of 5-10 individuals per shelter. The hardly available bed sheets and animal skins are used by most vulnerable; children and the elderly. They also borrow cooking pots from the host families once they are done.
The IDPs reported to have never received any humanitarian support for NFIs since their displacement.
These were the top priority items needed by the IDPs;
1) Kitchen sets - the IDPs borrowed saucepans from the host there are no local materials available to make one.
2) Blankets - the weather for Verteth Payam in Pibor County gets difficult during rainy season making majority of them prone to cold especially children, pregnant and lactating mothers and the elderly.
3) Sleeping mats - most of the IDPs use animal skin for sleeping which take long to dry when wetted by rain and might give bad odour.
4) Mosquito nets – the area is remote and bushy with high presence of mosquitoes especially during the rainy season. Though they use fire and smoke for dispelling mosquitoes at night, the vulnerable like still remain susceptible and lack of nearby market and clinics impounds on their situation.