Alarmed at the impact of violence in South Sudan, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (l) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres (r) visited the African nation to meet the people affected by the conflict. In this photo they are listening to the stories of displaced people in Nyal, Unity State of South Sudan.
To have a first-hand understanding of the humanitarian consequences of the crisis in South Sudan, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (c) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres (r), travelled to the remote town of Nyal, in Unity State, where both the local community and an estimated 25,000 IDPs have struggled to access food and and other basic necessities.
While in Nyal the heads of agencies witnessed a WFP airdrop from the ground, followed by a WFP food distribution. The distribution is part of the inter-agency approach between UNICEF, FAO and WFP to provide a comprehensive package of assistance at once.
WFP is using a combination of airdrops and airlifts to reach people in need of urgent assistance in places that are inaccessible by road due to insecurity. The WFP and UNHCR bosses expressed concern that a mix of insecurity and other direct impediments to humanitarian access may combine to leave far too many people cut off from assistance.
WFP Executive Director talks to a mother who has just received a special nutritious food at a distribution in Nyal. The food supplement, called Super Cereal Plus, contains dairy protein which is vital for young children -- who are the ones most vulnerable to malnutrition.
Since conflict erupted last December, more than 1 million people have been uprooted from their homes, with about 254,000 fleeing to neighbouring countries and more than 800,000 displaced inside South Sudan. The internally displaced people include 68,000 who are sheltering in UN peacekeeping bases such as this one in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (L) enquires about the conditions of internally displaced people sheltering at a peacekeeping base in Juba. WFP and its partners started providing assistance to IDPs sheltering in UN bases in Juba on 22 December 2013.
Community leaders of people sheltering at a UN peacekeeping base in Juba told thevisiting heads of agencies that all they want is peace. The heads WFP and UNHCR used the opportunity of their visit to call on all parties to the conflict to spare no effort to bring about peace.
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