Donors urged to help before rainy season in South Sudan

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A young South Sudanese woman lies on a mat, shaded from the sun by a piece of tarpaulin. More than 60% of the adult refugees at Nyumanzi I are women. UNHCR/F.Noy

The international donor community is being urged to urgently help pre-position more than 140,000 tons of food in South Sudan before the rainy season starts.

The appeal came from the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer who says fighting in the country has continued to displace thousands of people.

He expressed concern about the difficulties of moving supplies during the approaching rainy season in a country with poor infrastructure.

Mr. Lanzer said the strategy is to pre-position relief items in key locations to avoid transporting them by air.

"And if we can do that, actually we save a lot of money. We get a better return for the taxpayers investment because at the moment if donor countries give us money, most of the money goes towards paying and buying relief items, but in the second half of the year, most money, if we have to move relief items around the country goes for logistics. It goes for big cargo planes that need to deliver things and we deliver much less. So my call to the donor community is 'be quick, help now'," (29")

Toby Lanzer is visiting New York and Washington D.C. to meet with donors to mobilize relief aid to the people in need in South Sudan.

Fighting broke out in South Sudan in December 2013 between government forces and those loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar who was sacked by the President in July.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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