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South Sudan has received a consignment of medicines from the Arab Republic of Egypt following a call for assistance by South Sudan’s Vice President, H.E. Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior. The consignment was delivered to Juba International Airport from Cairo on Monday, 8 March 2021, and was handed over to H.E. Rebecca Nyandeng by Egyptian Ambassador, Mohamed Qaddah.
The Egyptian Ambassador has noted that the consignment was the first of two large consignments to be delivered to Juba, in which the second will be delivered soon. The medicines will be channeled to the conflict and flood affected areas of South Sudan and are expected to greatly assist with relief efforts.
“This is only the first batch and we are expecting a second batch to be arriving in Juba a few days’ time,” said Mohamed Qaddah. “The first batch was 550 kilograms of medicine and was donated through the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development which is headquartered in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. The Ministry supports the development and humanitarian needs in sisterly countries such as South Sudan.”
“Our offices decided to write to the Egyptian, Turkish, Japanese and Chinese embassies,” stated Nyandeng. “But the two embassies who responded were the Egyptian and Turkish, of which we are already seeing tangible things from the Egyptian embassy. This is just a small portion of what has been brought. Now we know who our friends and brothers are because they are responding to the call.”
Egypt has been a significant contributor to both South Sudan’s COVID-19 and flood responses, in which the country has been hit particularly hard. Through consistent humanitarian relief such as food distribution, Egypt has proven a critical partner for South Sudan in times of strife.
“A friend in need, is a friend indeed,” added Nyandeng. “This is not the first time we have communicated with Egypt since the coronavirus and floods, and they have always provided food and medicine to us. Our office found that we are overwhelmed with the needs of the people. So, on behalf of my people, I would like to thank the Egyptian Government.”