South Sudan

Photo:WFP/George Fominyen

 

 

Heads Up! Vegetable Oil Falls From The Sky In South Sudan

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 cereal and pulses but seeing vegetable oil falling from the sky was something new. This happened in May when the World Food Programme (WFP) carried out its first successful airdrop of vegetable oil.

Emergency in South Sudan

Fighting in South Sudan has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes to seek shelter. WFP is on the ground distributing food to civilians in need. 

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Overview

South Sudan officially declared independence on 9 July 2011 to become the United Nations 193rd member state.  The country has a total area of 644, 329 square kilometers, and is roughly the size of France or Afghanistan. It has an estimated population of 10.3 million people. Approximately 90 percent of South Sudanese households depend on crop farming, livestock, fishing or forestry for their livelihoods, but productivity across all these sectors is minimal. Fighting broke out in Juba in December 2013, and quickly spread across much of the country.

South Sudan on Exposure

Since fighting started in South Sudan in mid-December 2013, two million people have been forced from their homes, the farming and trade economies have been damaged, and people’s lives devastated. Over 539,000 people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

This visual narrative takes you into the Algaya Refugee Camp, one of four refugee camps in Sudan’s White Nile state, where almost 11,000 South Sudanese refugees stay.