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Save the Children, WFP bring food to conflict victims in South Sudan

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The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today it's feeding around 30,000 civilians who have fled violence between the government and opposition forces. Save the Children is aiding the food distributions.

Civilians have taken refugee in UN peacekeeping compounds in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and Bentiu. The food aid will expand throughout this week to reach other locations.

Helen Mould of Save the Children says, "We are working with partners to deliver WFP food in UN compounds in Juba, and are also bringing in and distributing our own non-food items and working on child protection issues."

Mould adds that "nutrition programmes in Kapoeta and Akobo are continuing as planned." These Save the Children initiatives provide life-saving Plumpy'Nut to severely malnourished children.

WFP Country Director Chris Nikoi says, “WFP has been working hard both to provide food assistance for South Sudanese civilians affected by this crisis, and to support humanitarian workers in need of relocation. We call on all parties to protect the lives of innocent civilians and to respect the neutrality of humanitarian workers as they try to assist those in need.” ACTED, OXFAM, Concern Worldwide, Mercy Corps and Joint Aid Management are also assisting WFP food distributions.

The recent outbreak of fighting places a further strain on an already impoverished population suffering from high rates of hunger and malnutrition.

Catholic Relief Sevices (CRS) had to stop its Food Security program in Jonglei, South Sudan's largest state. The USAID-supported program is aimed at boosting food production among small farmers. CRS plans to resume the program once the situation stabilizes.

Every second South Sudan uses fighting among themselves, is precious time away from rebuilding its country with the food, shelter, security and education it's people so desperately need.

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