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Authorities in South Sudan’s Ayod county say 300,000 people in need of food


March 13, 2016 (BOR) - At least 300,000 people have been reported to be in dire need of food assistance inside Ayod town, the state capital of Fangak state, which has been under government’s control since April 2014.

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Thousands of people wait for food aid in the hot sun near the air drop zone in Leer, South Sudan, in July 2014 (Photo AFP/Nichole Sobecki)

The minister of information, culture, youth and sports, James Lony Kang, told reporters on Sunday that the majority of the people had already returned to Ayod town and are now waiting for food assistance there.

“Right now, we have over 300,000 civilians inside Ayod town, and that is according to the report we heard on the ground. We have our people [from the government side], they give us the report,” said Lony.

Western Bieh state, one of the 28 states decreed by the president, had its name changed to Fangak state, with its headquarters in Ayod.

According to Lony, the state government had been in contact with various organizations operating in the country to offer assistance to Fangak civilians.

World Food Program (WFP) is said to have sent 21 trucks loaded with food items.

“21 trucks with food stuff by World Food Program have reached Ayod, the state capital of Fangak state,” said Lony. Some of these trucks are now going to other places like Wau, Mogok and Pagil, west of the state.”

“Since the peace was signed, individuals have been coming to Ayod, day and night, seeking for support, and now the number has gone up,” he said.

However, Catholic Relief Service (CRS), another partner of WFP on the ground, has dispatched trucks loaded with none food items to cover the gap. The food trucks would be sent after this month by CRS to identify locations in the same state.

Both WFP and CRS have sent thousands of metric tons of food to Uror, Nyirol and some areas of Akobo by road, beginning in February 2016 when both the government and rebel leadership granted security clearances.

A source told Sudan Tribune that CRS alone, had sent over 1500 metric tons of food to both Uror Nyirol and Akobo as emergency assistance.

Fangak state government is now fully formed, cabinet is legislated, the members of parliament are appointed, and now the government is ready to go to the capital, said the minister.


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  • 14 March 2016 07:02, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    Dear Sudan tribune try to edit these report because some of these reporters/writers don’t have knowledge about the country there is no sate call ’’ FANGAK ’’ better consult people before post such unclear post

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    • 14 March 2016 07:53, by Tom D

      The figures of over 300,000 people reported by the minister claiming to be in dare need of feed in Ayod town is mere propaganda from unwanted authority. I don’t see the reason of why the regime is rooted of lies and always feeding the public with wrong information. In this juncture, i would like to tell my people that No even single person in Ayod town as claimed by this desperate authority in Jub

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  • 14 March 2016 08:02, by Tom D

    I supported what the first commentator said that the news pager authority should Edit any report from individual who may claim to an official before publication that’s why any news paper have chief Editor for editing purpose.

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