Amid all the jubilation for South Sudan's independence came the disquieting news about attacks in Abyei and South Kordofan. Thousands of Sudanese have fled south, many to Aweil County East, and about 700 to Wunlang.

Wunlang is one of the few areas in Aweil County East that has resources to accommodate internally-displaced persons (IDPs): we have wells, a clinic, and a school. All these resources are now being stretched. Our field manager Yel Maduok Ngor reports that IDPs also need emergency services, something that Village Help for South Sudan is not set up to administer.

At the advice of our executive director Franco Majok, Yel is organizing community leaders to approach World Food Program, the Aweil East County commissioner, and Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State ministries for emergency support. We have seen the people of Wunlang, empowered by building their school, approach local leaders on other matters before, and we have confidence in their initiative.

We'll be monitoring the use of our facilities and assessing the long-range implications of IDPs in Wunlang.