Buey Ray Tut, of Aqua-Africa, and Salva Dut of WFSS in front of USAID offices May 28, 2014Salva Dut and members of WFSS traveled to Washington, DC May 27-28 to meet with members of the US State Department, USAID, and to participate in a special briefing session: Transforming South Sudan Through Innovative Partnerships: The Power of Water.
The special briefing session was sponsored by Representative Chris Smith. Gregory Simpkins, Subcommittee Staff Director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, provided opening remarks. Jason Matus, AECOM’s Senior Sudan/South Sudan Coordinator chaired a panel of experts that included: Salva Dut, Executive Director and Founder of Water for South Sudan; Buey Tut, Executive Director and Founder of Aqua-Africa and Anthony Kolb, Health Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The panelists discussed the importance of clean water and sanitation not only to address humanitarian needs during the current unrest in South Sudan, but also as an on-going need for development. The panelists urged continued engagement with, and development in, the new country of South Sudan.
As Salva noted in his closing statement, “I want the government of the US to not turn away from us. We are good people and we are going to make it…I want the US to invest in South Sudan.”
Read more about the special briefing session here
. You can listen to an audio recording of the session here