SOUTH SUDAN / BENTIU FOOD DISTRIBUTION

10-Dec-2018 00:03:36
In South Sudan’s Unity region, getting food can be an immense challenge for women. Besides walking long distances, the danger of sexual violence lurks in the bushes that throng the roads they must walk to get to food distribution points, as seen in the recent allegations that shocked the world. Here is a look at what happens at food distribution points, as women continue to receive much needed food rations. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN/FOOD DISTRIBUTION
TRT: 3:36
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTION: NONE
LANGUAGES: NUER/ENGLISH/NATS

DATELINE: 06 - 09 DECEMBER 2018, BENTIU, 07 DECEMBER ON THE ROAD TO NHIALDIU, SOUTH SUDAN
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06 DECEMBER 2018, BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN

1.Wide of people under tree
2. Women running to make queue
3. Pan from left to right to show long queue of mostly women
4. Section of queue
5. Low angle shot of queue
6. Medium back shot of feet
9. Close up of feet
10. Close-up of women’s face, tilt down to woman holding ration card
11.Tired woman on queue squatting with face bent downwards
12. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Vox-pop woman who has received her ration:
“I am here today to receive sorghum, because every month, we are receiving sorghum. We came since morning and we spent all day in the hot sun. We are receiving this sorghum for our children, because in our area there is nothing there. Last time we were told that we will receive our food in Nhialdiu, even some of us went back to Nhialdiu, and [those that went back] they will not receive food.”
13. At table, women’s ration cards being verified
14. Card being scanned
15. Woman being handed her card
16. SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Vox-pop, woman who has received her food ration:
“For us we walked from Nhialdiu, there is no transportation, as you know most of our children died in Liech State.”
17. Track offloading food with group waiting to receive food
18. Sacks being carried from waiting track
19.Young girls seated on sacks
20. Sacks of grain
21. Man wheeling sacks of grain on wheelbarrow
22. Medium close of woman walking past with sack of grain
23. Wide of woman walking with sack of food

09 DECEMBER 2018, BENTIU, SOUTH SUDAN

24. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Mukurarinda, Head of Project, Bentiu, Wilte Hunger Hilfe (World Without Hunger):
“Normally we are supposed to be taking food nearby their villages or nearby where they live, but unfortunately, because of [the] road condition, we have been unable to reach Nhialdiu on a regular basis. It is unfortunate that there is a population that has to move a long distance to come to this place. That is why we are calling [on] people who are able to support us that this road from Bentiu to Nhialdiu is repaired. Once repaired and the peace continues reigning in this location, we will be able to take food to Nhialdiu.”
25. Donkey pulling cart with sacks of food

07 DECEMBER 2018, ON THE ROAD TO NHIALDIU, SOUTH SUDAN

26. Women walking with sacks on head
27. Women standing with sacks on head
STORYLINE
In South Sudan’s Unity region, getting food can be an immense challenge for women. Besides walking long distances, the danger of sexual violence lurks in the bushes that throng the roads they must walk to get to food distribution points, as seen in the recent allegations that shocked the world. Here is a look at what happens at food distribution points, as women continue to receive much needed food rations.

Hundreds of women, young and old, gather and line up at a food distribution center, opposite Bentiu town’s main mosque.

They are from Nhialdiu, and have walked almost 30 kilometers to get to this food distribution center.

Many of the women are tired, dusty, hungry and thirsty. Some are sick - but must line up to get much-needed food assistance being distributed by Wilte Hunger Wilfe (World Without Hunger) which works in partnership with the World Food Programme, to distribute food to communities in Rubkona.

Each of these women is tightly holding to their food ration card. These cards must be verified before they receive their food entitlement. Failure of verification means no food will be received irrespective of the distance walked.

Seated on her sack of sorghum, one of the women, an expectant mother, is getting ready to set off to return to Nhialdiu. She has received her food ration, and has to make it back home before dark. It’s already 4pm.

SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Vox-pop, woman who has received her ration:
“I am here today to receive sorghum, because every month, we are receiving sorghum. We came since morning and we spent all day in the hot sun. We are receiving this sorghum for our children, because in our area there is nothing there. Last time we were told that we will receive our food in Nhialdiu, even some of us went back to Nhialdiu, and [those that went back] they will not receive food.”

Receiving the food in Nhialdiu would have been the best option, but according to Wilte Hunger Wilfe, the last food distribution in the area that would help tide the community for three months, happened in July 2017.

Since then, the access road has been dodged by insecurity, and the difficult road condition has not allowed tracks and vehicles to ply, hence affecting public transportation to the area, and forcing many to walk.

SOUNDBITE (Nuer) Vox-pop, woman who has received her food ration
“For us we walked from Nhialdiu, there is no transportation, as you know most of our children died in Liech State.”

Though hundreds walk the road daily for food, humanitarian organisations working in the area recommend that beneficiaries should not walk more than 5 kilometers to receive food rations.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jean Mukurarinda, Head of Project, Bentiu, Wilte Hunger Hilfe (World Without Hunger):
“Normally we are supposed to be taking food nearby their villages or nearby where they live, but unfortunately, because of [the] road condition, we have been unable to reach Nhialdiu on a regular basis. It is unfortunate that there is a population that has to move a long distance to come to this place. That Is why we are calling [on] people who are able to support us that this road from Bentiu to Nhialdiu is repaired. Once repaired and the peace continues reigning in this location, we will be able to take food to Nhialdiu.”

For the time being, as the communities continue to walk the road, humanitarian agencies project that they will start sending food directly to the community in Nhialdiu starting January. Indian and British Engineering teams working with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan are currently supporting in clearing and levelling the road, to help trucks access the area.

For now, the local government is being asked to provide security along several roads to ensure safe passage for those seeking food, as communities living here have not had a chance to cultivate their lands. Thousands remain displaced, and with the onset of the dry season, communities have to wait for the next rainy season to grow some crop. Separately, despite the signing of a peace agreement in September, skirmishes continue to plague parts of the region.
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