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WFP To Use New Route Through Sudan To Reach Famine-Hit South Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will soon begin moving food assistance to famine-hit and food-insecure communities in South Sudan by using a new humanitarian corridor announced by the Government of Sudan yesterday.

The new route will enable WFP to move food assistance from El Obeid in central Sudan to Bentiu of Unity State in South Sudan. Such access will allow WFP to move an initial 11,000 metric tons of sorghum in seven convoys of up to 40 trucks each to provide food assistance to 300,000 people for three months. These convoys will transport much-needed food over a two-month period ahead of the rainy season in South Sudan, which is expected to begin in May.

With pockets of famine declared earlier this year in parts of southern Unity State, and many other areas of the country on the brink of famine, this new route will provide WFP with critical access to reach families suffering from hunger.

“WFP would like to thank the Government of Sudan for acting decisively by opening this new corridor,” said WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director Matthew Hollingworth. “It will allow WFP to regularly reach famine-affected people in South Sudan with food assistance and help to avert the consequences of starvation.”

Following the eruption of violence in South Sudan in December 2013, WFP has been moving food assistance through a corridor linking White Nile State in Sudan with Upper Nile State in South Sudan. To date, thanks to an agreement first signed between Sudan and South Sudan in July 2014, WFP Sudan has moved over 57,420 metric tons of assorted commodities through this corridor into South Sudan.

WFP Sudan is also providing food assistance to South Sudanese refugees who now reside in Sudan after fleeing violence and food insecurity in their own country. Currently WFP is assisting over 250,000 South Sudanese refugees across Sudan, mainly in White Nile State.

Throughout 2017, WFP plans to assist more than four million vulnerable people in Sudan, including internally displaced people, refugees, people affected by climate change, and host communities. WFP provides such support through a range of activities, including emergency food assistance, cash-based transfers (or vouchers), nutritional support, and resilience-building activities to help communities become increasingly independent.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
John Nelson, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2107), Mobile: +249 912167197
Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2123), Mob. +249 912167055