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US donates relief items to displaced South Sudanese

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February 6, 2014 (JUBA) – The United States government this week airlifted 67 tons of life-saving relief supplies to be distributed to thousands of South Sudanese affected by weeks of violence.

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Ambassador Susan Page inspects the first wave of supplies at Juba airport (Photo: Moses Lomayat)

The items, which included heavy-duty plastic sheeting and hygiene kits, were transported from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi to South Sudan. Up to 10,000 and 4,500 families are to benefit from the plastic sheets and kits respectively.

“The supplies will be further distributed to towns and areas where they’re needed most by USAID [US Agency for International Development] partner World Vision International,” partly reads a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

Violence erupted in the South Sudan capital in mid-December last year after a dispute among the presidential guards, but later spread to three of the country’s 10 states killing thousands and displacing nearly a million people.

The US and the international community widely condemned the violence widely believed to have been caused by difference within South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM).

“Our work here is people-centered; we are continuously dedicated to improving the humanitarian situation here in South Sudan,” said Susan Page, the US envoy to Juba.

The provision of these emergency supplies comes weeks after the U.S. government announced an additional $50 million in humanitarian assistance to help provide safe drinking water, emergency health care, vaccinations, improved sanitation, and shelter to those displaced by the violence.

Over the past two years, however, the U.S. government has reportedly provided nearly $320 million in humanitarian funding to the world’s youngest nation.

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  • 7 February 2014 15:27, by Tata

    Let it be purely humanitarian without linking it to debt, grant, with aim of oil and other resources exploitation. we know USA wants Riek to be president in order to cancel Chinese Oil companies contracts and award them to Chevron, an American company which discovered this oil in 1978. To hell with them.

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    • 7 February 2014 15:51, by Tutbol

      "The US donates relief items to displacecd South Sudanese"
      Hmm! Where ’do those items come from?’ The UK should just shill out, in some African countries. British& Arabs evil peoples & their evil games have to be put into their own Arabs throats, their Europeans intrigues plus their evil juus & their corporate US that has destroyed many other peoples, shouln’t be be allwowed...

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      • 7 February 2014 16:00, by Tutbol

        in our nilotic plains, The British, the US & juus are pure evil peoples.
        We evils are not wanted in our nilotic plains. The juus are are our modern terrorists, the British & US hunt for where they can use their juus criminals to steal other peoples’ things. The US-Britain & their juus are pure ruled by evil peoples.

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        • 7 February 2014 17:00, by Ahmed Chol

          The Country’s oil money has to be given to civilians in terms of aid. The UN should take over the oil and distribute it to the civil population. The greedy Kiir should not touch that money with his blood hands.

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    • 8 February 2014 07:58, by Dinkawarrior

      "we know USA wants Riek to be president in order to cancel Chinese Oil companies contracts and award them to Chevron, an American company which discovered this oil in 1978. To hell with them".
      Tata, why did you awarded China while they were against S. Sudan Independent?

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      • 8 February 2014 08:03, by Dinkawarrior

        In other hand, Dr. Riek Machar is a murder and his case is worst than Osama Bin Laden case. Nobody in US can support him with such a crimes against humanity. Machar will be brought to justice as soon as possible.

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