Over 1 million people to benefit from relief operation in South Sudan

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A child carrying water at the Tomping civilian protection site. Juba, South Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

More than one million people in South Sudan are expected to benefit from a major humanitarian operation over the next ten days, according to an official of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

It follows an agreement between President Salvar Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar signed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Friday.

The agreement provides for the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow delivery of relief assistance, including food, to people displaced by fighting in the country.

Sue Lautze, FAO's Country Director, says humanitarian agencies are working in the worst affected areas of the country.

"We are working in the corridor between Bor and Duk. There are major operations going on for Akobo which is Jonglei but also in Upper Nile and in Unity. There is a very heavy concentration on those southern counties in Unity, Mayiendit (and) Leer. People are going back to Leer. The humanitarian community is going back to Leer. There is not one point you could point to because it is a major operation which is assisting at this point about 1.2 million people in South Sudan." (28")

Ms. Lautze pointed out that the planting season has passed in the southern part of South Sudan.

She said if people don't have the resources they need for their livelihoods, they will remain dependent on humanitarian assistance for a long period of time.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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