Home | News    Thursday 3 April 2014

South Sudan: humanitarian agencies demand road access

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

April 2, 2014 (JUBA) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) have asked the parties to the South Sudan conflict to provide safe passage of humanitarian assistance to people trapped in conflict zones.

JPEG - 49.4 kb
WFP director Ertharin Cousin (L) and the UNHCR’s Antonio Guterres brief reporters on ongoing humanitarian efforts in South Sudan in the capital, Juba, on 1 April 2014 (ST)

Speaking in the capital, Juba, during a two-day trip to the country on Tuesday, WFP director Ertharin Cousin said a lack of access to displaced persons in isolated camps is tripling the cost of delivering food.

“Providing access now, while we can drive on road, will help us to position enough food before rains (begin),” said Cousin, addressing reporters at WFP’s office in Juba on Tuesday.

Speaking at the same news conference, the UN’s high commissioner for refugees, Antonio Guterres, urged the international community to show “solidarity with people of South Sudan”.

“The South Sudanese people are suffering and need your help,” he said.

WFP has been airdropping food to Ganyiel and Nyal in Unity state since mid-March due to their inaccessibility by road.

Having to resort to such methods, however, is drastically increasing the cost of food supplies, the UN agency said.

Over one million people have been displaced during the conflict that began in mid-December last year after political tensions erupted in violence.

Aid agencies have so far reached around 925,700 of the 3.2 million people who are in need of assistance.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Darfur Conflict: why Mbeki has to soberly reflect on the missing links 2015-03-25 21:31:44 By Trayo Ahmed Ali There is no way to deny the fact that the protracted Darfur conflict has, at certain junctures received sufficient international attention. Certainly the velocity of the (...)

How can the U.S. exercise leadership in South Sudan’s peace process? 2015-03-25 08:54:55 By: Amir Idris In light of the recent collapse of the peace process and the resumption of the military confrontations between the Government of South Sudan and the SPLM in Opposition, the United (...)

Sudan, the Obama Administration, and the costs of rapprochement 2015-03-25 08:54:43 By Eric Reeves Sudan holds elections in mid-April, including a vote for the next President. It is a foregone conclusion that the victor will be the same man who has ruled Sudan with an iron fist (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Seventy-six organizations call for publication of AU Inquiry Report as deadline for peace passes 2015-03-07 05:04:51 6 March 2015: FOR Immediate Release SOUTH SUDAN: The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) should immediately consider, publish and disseminate the final report of the Commission (...)

Archbishop Taban calls for reconciliation and forgiveness 2015-02-23 09:30:38 February 2015 Greetings from Peace Village, Kuron. It is really a Peace Village. I had my peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in Kuron. God really blessed the area with Peace. You can (...)

WFP appreciates US additional support for S. Sudan’s hungry 2015-02-19 08:20:15 17 February 2015 (JUBA)- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$165.5 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to feed (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.