South Sudan, Padak, April 2004

UN World Food Programme, project for urgent road repairs & demining of key transport routes in southern Sudan aims to help people return after decades of war, & connect the region to northern Sudan & neighbouring countries. Investment in infrastructure is crucial to getting southern Sudan on its long-awaited road to recovery after decades of conflict & also because between 600,000 & 1.2 million people are expected to return back to the south. WFP must seize the opportunity for repairs during the dry season. South Sudan covers 650,000 square kms - the size of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi combined. Yet the total road network is only 7,500 km of main roads, most of which are unusable at least for part of the year, plus 10,000 km of key feeder roads. None are tarmac except for a few kilometers in Juba town. WFP’s Special Road Operation aims to facilitate the return and resettlement of people while providing visual, tangible peace dividends & contributing to conflict prevention.

Padak, GTZ camp. Logistics and fuel supply are a real challenge. Supply tankers take an average of 11 days to reach Padak from Lokichokio, and the road will be cut for months during the rainy season, the fuel has to be stored in bladders to ensure the WFP Food for work (FFW) project to continue during the bad season.

Padak, GTZ camp. The compound was built to provide food and accomodation to the team of worker's that are reconstructing the infrastructure in the region.

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