The Chinese government has donated essential items worth two million U.S. dollars to help the resettlement of people displaced by civil war in South Sudan.
The aids include 2,050 tents, 8000 mosquito nets, 16,000 blankets and two sports utility vehicles. They were handed over by the Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, Ma Qiang, on Thursday to senior South Sudanese officials in the capital, Juba.
“I feel honored to hand over the essential items to aid resettlement of the displaced persons,” Ma said, adding that China will assist South Sudan in the path of healing and reconstruction from more than two years of civil war.
South Sudan’s former rebel leader, Riek Machar, returned to Juba and was reconciled with President Salva Kiir late last month, under a deal signed by them last August under UN pressure.
On the day of his return, Machar took up his old post as first vice president in a transitional government of national unity. A new cabinet was formed days later.
Ambassador Ma applauded the unity government for its commitment to helping victims of the civil war to rebuild their lives.
Ma said that China would continue to support stability and development in South Sudan.
“As a true friend and sincere partner of South Sudan, China will continuously provide support as the country embarked on reconstruction,” he said.
Clement Taban Dominic, the undersecretary in South Sudan’s Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, expressed gratitude to China for its support towards the rebuilding of South Sudan.
“The latest donation from China is timely and will boost ongoing efforts to rebuild lives of our citizens who were displaced by political turmoil,” Dominic said.
On April 30, China donated 550,000 dollars and office equipment worth 150,000 dollars to the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism, South Sudan’s ceasefire monitoring body.
South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 when Kiir accused his sacked deputy Machar of plotting a coup. Machar denied the charge but then formed his rebel force.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the war and over two million displaced from their homes.
China supported peace talks to cease the civil war in South Sudan, and has been a major provider of humanitarian assistance for displaced people in the country.