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Seventh food aid caravan dispatched from Sudan to South Sudan

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Part of an 18-truck WFP convoy crossing into South Sudan from Sudan, carrying 700 metric tons of food, in Nov 2014 (WFP video screen capture)
May 7, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - A seventh humanitarian assistance caravan including 1,752 metric tonnes of sorghum Sunday has been dispatched from the capital of Sudan’s North Kordofan state, El-Obeid to the needy population in South Sudan.

Three United Nations agencies declared an outbreak of famine in the young nation in February, saying an additional 1 million people were are the brink of starvation.

On 30 June, the World Food Programme (WFP) began providing food assistance to South Sudan using a new corridor opened by Sudan. The new route enables transport of food items overland from El Obeid in central Sudan to Bentiu in South Sudan’s Unity state.

The Humanitarian aid commissioner Ahmed Babiker al-Hassan has told the official news agency SUNA that the sixth batch included 1,068 metric tonnes of sorghum, pointing to ongoing arrangements to open a new humanitarian corridor from El-Obeid to Awil town in South Sudan via Al-Muglad.

He said the new corridor would contribute significantly to the delivery of the assistance, pointing they developed a plan to transport 2,000 metric tonnes weekly to South Sudan.

In July 2014, Juba and Khartoum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open a humanitarian corridor to deliver food assistance to vulnerable South Sudanese through the River Nile or by road. Last January, the agreement was extended for a six month period.

Last month, Sudan said it doesn’t rule out to open an Airbridge to deliver food assistance to South Sudan during the rainy season revealing a proposal to open a third road corridor to transport aid to the needy population in the war-torn nation.

South Sudan became the world’s newest nation after declaring independence from Sudan in 2011. However, in 2013 the country was plunged into civil war,
However, in 2013 the country was plunged into civil war killing tens of thousands of people and displacing millions.

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  • 8 May 06:27, by Kush Natives

    Why always reporting such unwanted news in the media? What really make Sudan proud of such since the aids agencies are buying this with the money that we contribute? Sudan used to called South Sudanese reside in Khartoum refugee back in 80s and 90s since we were under one Sudan? We’re as well feeding more than 470,000 Sudanese refugee in South Sudan, and we never talked about it. Sudan seemed_

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  • 8 May 06:36, by Kush Natives

    _con- to have a political agenda behind this. Otherwise, why would it be always a head-line for Sudan? Bashir himself have displaced more half a million person into South Sudan since 2003 when war ranged in central Sudan. Sudan must back off from politicizing their evils witch. South Sudan is no longer parts of Sudan, although some evils are entertains with such names. We’re going to_

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  • 8 May 06:55, by Kush Natives

    Con- decide soon or later, whether we will name it Kush nation or North East Africa. So, that we separate this your crazy idea of Sudanism that still recalling all Sudd. That’s what happen the complete populations live on lies tradition, We the SPLA were fighting for a united Sudan since 1983, this was the SPLM/A ideals. Now we left you thugs!

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