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Reference : V-P-SS-E-01269
Date : 21/03/2018
Country/Region : SOUTH SUDAN
Caption : Udier area. This man is the leader of a Fallata tribe.
Photographer : MORTVEDT, Mari Aftret
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “Before the ICRC came, some of the animals were very sick. Now we are happy and satisfied with the services we have been given from the ICRC. The reason for our movements is our animals. They need water and grass. Our movements can sometimes take us all the way to Saudi Arabia. We don’t have any boarders. We move where there is water and grass. The conflict in South Sudan has a great impact on us. We are affected in a negative way. We pay taxes where we go and we sometimes experience that different people ask us for money and the people we used to know in some areas might not be there anymore. Our cattle is very important for us. When you are a Fallata, you have to have an animal. This means you can go anywhere. If you do not have an animal, this means that you are also dead. Anyone who has a lot of cattle can go anywhere. After getting the drugs from the ICRC, we can see that the skin on our cattle is very shiny. We also see that our cattle are producing a lot of milk”, he says.
After an assessment conducted in January, the ICRC identified the need to vaccinate 60,000 heads of livestock in the surrounding areas of Udier in Upper Nile (50,000 cattle and 10,000 sheep and goats). This will benefit approximately 30,000 people. For this vaccination campaign, the ICRC trained 23 “Community Animal Health Workers” (CAHWs) who normally stay close to the cattle camps and conduct the vaccinations. They are also given drugs to treat animals in the community and the cattle owners pay a small fee for this. This allows the CAHWs to get income and they also disseminate information to the communities on why it is important to vaccinate and treat their animals. The ICRC works in agreement with the local authorities and three people from the local authorities are also involved in the vaccination campaign, in addition to ICRC veterinarians. South Sudan has one of the largest cattle populations in the world. Decades of armed conflict continue to undermine the South Sudan’s veterinary services increasing the risk of epidemics that affect the health of cattle. More than 75 percent of the population are depending on livestock for their livelihood in South Sudan.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5760x3840
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour