SOUTH SUDAN / HUNGER

09-Jul-2018 00:02:00
The World Food Programme (WFP) said that July marks the peak of the ‘hunger season’ in South Sudan which would leave over half of the population severely food insecure without humanitarian support. WFP
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / HUNGER
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SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NUER / NATS

DATELINE: 03 JULY TO 05 JULY 2018, AYOD COUNTY, SOUTH SUDAN
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03 JULY 2018, AYOD COUNTY, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Aerial shot, flooding
2. Wide shot, WFP Ilyushin-76 plane flying towards drop zone
3. Various shots, Ilyushin-76 plane airdropping food
4. Various shots, community members collecting and preparing the dropped food for distribution.

05 JULY 2018, AYOD COUNTY, SOUTH SUDAN

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Adnan Khan, South Sudan Director, World Food Programme(WFP):
“We are approaching the seventh anniversary of the independence of South Sudan, unfortunately the conflict continues, people continue to suffer and people in some places where conflict still rages are in desperate situations.”

04 July 2018, AYOD COUNTY, SOUTH SUDAN

6. Various shots, woman cleaning grain
7. Various shots, displaced family eating WFP sorghum
8. Close up, Elizabeth Nyataba Gatjang
9. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Elizabeth Nyataba Gatjang, Displaced Single Mother of Four Children:
“We depend on WFP food assistance only and that is the only means of food for the whole family. I live with my mother and I have no brothers. I am the one taking care of the entire family. When times are hard, I walk to faraway places in search of food. I sometimes walk to Gandak which takes me one day walking and sometimes to Magok which is eight hours away.”
10. Various shots, Elizabeth’s children eating
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As South Sudan marks seven years of Independence since seceding from the north, the world’s youngest nation remains deeply embroiled in conflict that has resulted in a widespread humanitarian crisis.

July marks the peak of the ‘hunger season’ in South Sudan - the period between the depletion of food stocks and the next harvest. As many as 7.1 million people – more than half the population – would be severely food insecure without humanitarian support. Of these, some 2.3 million were projected to be facing emergency (IPC Phase 4) - one step short of catastrophe - up from 1.7 million people during the same period last year.

SOUNDBITE (English) Adnan Khan, South Sudan Director, World Food Programme(WFP):
“We are approaching the seventh anniversary of the independence of South Sudan, unfortunately the conflict continues, people continue to suffer and people in some places where conflict still rages are in desperate situations.”

WFP and partners aim to reach up to 4.8 million hungry people with assistance in some of the worst affected areas across the country by July. Without a sustained, comprehensive response, millions of people are at risk in this fifth straight year of conflict.

SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Elizabeth Nyataba Gatjang, Displaced Single Mother of Four Children:
“We depend on WFP food assistance only and that is the only means of food for the whole family. I live with my mother and I have no brothers. I am the one taking care of the entire family. When times are hard, I walk to faraway places in search of food. I sometimes walk to Gandak which takes me one day walking and sometimes to Magok which is eight hours away.”

WFP is particularly concerned with the situation in Leer, Mayendit and Koch counties in Unity State where rising hunger may reach catastrophic levels without a concerted emergency response. Continued fighting in these areas and renewed clashes in Akobo, Jonglei State are preventing WFP from reaching all those in need at this critical stage of the year.

Since 2014, WFP and key partners have pioneered an Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism (IRRM) where mobile teams reach people in remote, isolated areas. Traveling usually by helicopter and sleeping in tents, teams register people in need and clear zones so that WFP can airdrop food, nutrition supplies and other urgently-needed assistance from contracted Ilyushin-76 aircraft where there is no alternative access.
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