Truce between South Sudan fighters allows for deliver of aid in Malakal

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A UNHCR staff member helps a displaced woman with her aid items at the Malakal Boys Secondary School. 

Basic relief supplies are reaching an estimated 10,000 displaced people outside of the UN base in the town of Malakal, in South Sudan.

That's according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Malakal has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting last month, the agency says.

Earlier, said UNHCR's Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba insecurity and wide-spread looting had hampered the delivery of aid.

"According to UN estimates, there are 38,000 displaced people inside Malakal, including 28,000 sheltered in the UN base. The displaced fled from within the county of Malakal- it is a bit confusing because Malakal is a county and it is also the name of the main city in Upper Nile. So, the place from within the county, which as rivers and from Jongeli- there are many women, children and elderly people among the displaced as well. To reach the city of Malakal, some say they had used boats to cross the river while others had to swim. Some women also said they had to walk for hours with their children before they could cross."

UNHCR is taking advantage of the relative calm following the signing of a cease-fire between opposing parties on 23 January to deliver aid to the most vulnerable.

The UN estimates 740,000 are displaced in the whole country due to conflict.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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