21 May 2015
GANYIEL – The villagers in Ganyiel, a small village surrounded by swampland in southern Unity State of South Sudan, have become accustomed to seeing planes airdrop bags of cereals and pulses but seeing vegetable oil falling from the sky was something new. This happened in May when the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) carried out its first successful airdrop of vegetable oil.
21 April 2015
Two million people have been forced from their homes since December 2013, which marks the beginning of the South Sudan conflict. Today, an estimated 2.5 million men, women, and children face acute hunger and uncertainty of where their next meal will come from. Without an end to the conflict in sight, WFP fears that food insecurity will grow increasingly worse as the lean season approaches. WFP’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin visited the conflict-hit country at the end of March.
9 April 2015
The civil conflict that has engulfed South Sudan over the past 15 months has had ethnic dimensions, and has particularly ignited tensions between the Dinka and Nuer communities. But the crisis in South Sudan – like the country itself – is far more complex than many people may assume. While providing assistance in some places, WFP’s rapid response teams have seen people from all communities working together. Gideon Thompson, a South Sudanese programme officer for WFP, shares his experience of how food distribution brought communities together in Kotdalok, a small village in Jonglei State.
27 March 2015
Fifteen months of fighting in South Sudan has forced almost two million people from their homes, damaged farming and trade and devastated people’s lives. Elizabeth Nyalat, who is among 50,000 receiving food assistance from WFP in a place called Ganyiel, tells how the war destroyed her dream of becoming a school teacher.
20 March 2015
With many families in South Sudan unsure of where their next meal will come from, WFP continues to respond to the humanitarian crisis in the world's newest country.
29 December 2014
From Ebola-hit countries in Africa to Syria, Iraq and the Philippines, food assistance played its part again this year in helping families get through emergencies. Here are 10 people in 10 different countries who received assistance in 2014 thanks to WFP’s supporters – governments, companies and individuals.
16 December 2014
It is one year since conflict erupted in South Sudan. The fighting has seriously affected food security in the country, leaving it on the brink of a hunger catastrophe. WFP and its partners have been at the forefront of efforts to bring lifesaving assistance to over 2.5 million people affected by the conflict. All these people just want peace so that they can return to their lives. Two women who received assistance from WFP and its partners in Mabior (Jonglei State) where WFP assisted nearly 40,000 people in November and in Kadet (Unity State) where the agency provided food to 10,000 people in November, talked about their experiences and wishes.
15 December 2014
KADET - Doru Gladys Oliver had only been back in her home country, South Sudan, for two months when fighting erupted. The 20-year-old now works as an enumerator for WFP travelling to hard-to-reach areas to provide assistance to people in need. She tells us her story.
27 November 2014
Since March 2014 Musa Abdallah has been travelling with emergency mobile teams to reach vulnerable people who have been isolated by conflict in some of the most food-insecure areas of the country. The South Sudanese national became a team leader in October and tells us about the challenges he faced in his new role while in the village of Mogok in Jonglei State.
13 November 2014
As an Emergency Response Officer in South Sudan, Caroline Koromia has been leading emergency mobile teams to reach vulnerable people who have been isolated by conflict in some of the most food-insecure areas of the country since March 2014. She tells us about her recent experience in the locality of Kamel in Jonglei State.
- WFP, UNHCR expect millions to be hungry if crisis continues Source: Eye Radio
- South Sudan Urgently Needs Help to Stave Off Famine, U.N. Warns Source: The New York Times
- Greater Tragedy Looms Over South Sudan, Aid Officials Warn Source: VOA News
- Here’s What UNICEF and WFP’s New Relief Operation in South Sudan Looks Like Source: UN Dispatch
- South Sudan war displaced in 'acute' need: UN Source: Z News/ AFP
- 27 March 2015 South Sudan Faces Hunger With Little Hope For Peace
- 22 December 2014 WFP Fights Malnutrition With Airdrops In South Sudan