Emergency.lu reaches South Sudan
(CS) Luxembourg's emergency communications platform Emergency.lu has been launched in South Sudan, only four months after it was presented by development aid minister Marie-Josée Jacobs.
In the cities Bentiu and Maban Emergency.lu was installed by volunteers of the Luxembourg civil security, foreign ministry representatives, the UN World Food Programme and Ericsson Response.
The terminals will allow for quick communication in cases of emergency, but also allowing citizens to use services such as Skype to keep in touch with far-away family members.
Until more permanent solutions have been found on site to ensure communication services, security and aid to those in need, the terminals will remain in place, offering vital links to aid organisations.
A second mission is underway in isolated regions in Bangladesh and talks are ongoing with the UN to use the system in South America and Dubai. Luxembourg owns 17 terminals, which can be used worldwide.
The project is a collaboration between the Luxembourg foreign ministry, SES TechCom, Hitec and the Luxembourg Air Rescue. International organisations such as the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCA) are also involved in the emergency programme.