U.N. struggling to deliver food aid in South Sudan | Pakistan News Digest

U.N. struggling to deliver food aid in South Sudan

KATDALOK, South Sudan: The UN World Food Programme has been forced to carry out air drops of food aid across South Sudan as the rainy season makes about 70 percent of the country inaccessible, a regional head of logistics for WFP said.

In addition to the inaccessible terrain, aid groups also have to contend with being targeted by armed groups operating in South Sudan.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in a war initially fought between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir against rebels under former vice president Riek Machar. The violence has spread throughout the country and has often been fought along ethnic lines.

The WFP said that at the beginning of this year, some 7.1 million people were projected to be facing severe food insecurity at the height of the lean season from May to July.

Source: Radio Pakistan


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