UNICEF delivers supplies for children in South Sudan

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Child from South Sudan. UNICEF

Relief supplies provided by the UN children's agency (UNICEF) have arrived in South Sudan to help children and women affected by the ongoing conflict in the country.

The first of two UNICEF planes, each carrying 35 tonnes of emergency aid landed in Juba on Tuesday morning.

Dermot Carty, UNICEF's Deputy Director of Emergency Operations in South Sudan, said the second plane is due to arrive on Thursday.

"We are bringing in treatment for malaria for children with dehydration caused by diarrhoea, or for children suffering from malnutrition. We are also bringing in micronutrients, vitamins, antibiotics, painkillers, tarpaulins and blankets. There are also midwifery and obstetric surgery kits and also equipment to provide clean water and sanitation."  23″

UNICEF says children in South Sudan are dying from malnutrition and diseases that can be prevented such as measles and malaria.

South Sudan is plagued by a conflict that has pitted government forces against troops loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:  1’08″

 

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