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SOUTH SUDAN: Plan International Distributes Food to Displaced People in South Sudan Conflict

A young girl waits with her family at a food distribution center run by Plan in Nimule, South Sudan.
A young girl waits with her family at a food distribution center run by Plan in Nimule, South Sudan.
February 4, 2014

JUBA, South Sudan – Plan International is distributing food to internally displaced people in South Sudan following a conflict that has displaced thousands of civilians from their homesteads in the youngest East African nation.

In partnership with World Food Programme, Plan has distributed assorted food commodities including sorghum, beans, oil, and salt to more than 28,000 beneficiaries. Of the beneficiaries, 13,221 are children, out of the targeted 35,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) who sought refuge in Nimule, a small town in Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan.

“Plan’s immediate concerns focus on urgent humanitarian needs: displaced people are currently living in dire conditions in some areas. The main needs are: food (including nutrition), water, shelter, medical assistance, and child protection,” says Gyan Adhikari, Plan South Sudan Country Director.

The conflict, which erupted in South Sudan on December 15th, has displaced over half a million people within its borders as people flee to safer areas.

Accessing food is a serious challenge for the internally displaced people in Nimule. Many of them travelled for many days on boats to Nimule, which is situated near the Ugandan border. Along the way, hunger and disease are constant threats, particularly to children.

Despite a ceasefire agreement entered into by warring parties, reports of clashes in some parts of the country continue to pose a threat to the safe return of IDPs.

“Children and their families who arrived in Nimule a month ago did not have anything to eat. This is the first food distribution we are conducting. The situation is really bad, people are in need,” says Hailit Ghebrehiwet, Emergency Relief Coordinator for Plan International, South Sudan.

Plan is also supporting malnourished children under 5-years-old through targeted supplementary feeding program in Awerial, Lakes State, and will scale up through a blanket supplementary feeding program. Last month, Plan launched a US$10 million emergency appeal and aims to reach thousands more children and their families who have sought sanctuary away from their homes.

About Plan International USA

Plan International USA is part of the Plan International Federation, a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities for generations to come and range from clean water and health care programs to education projects and child protection initiatives. For more information, please visit www.PlanUSA.org.

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