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29 Dec 2014
Food assistance transported on the Nile River from Sudan has reached South Sudan for the first time in three years, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).
On Monday, a WFP barge offloaded some 450 metric tons of food in Renk and Wadakona towns in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state.
This will provide food for an estimated 28,000 people for a month.
Challiss McDonough, spokesperson for WFP, says river transport will also cut costs for the agency.
” If we can use river and road from Sudan to reach the areas in the north [of South Sudan], then that could save us of to six to seven times the cost of air transport of food. So it’s really critical in being able to use our scarce resources as cost-efficiently as possible. “(0’17”)
River transport of humanitarian goods across the border largely stopped after its closure following South Sudan’s independence in 2011.
The resumption was made possible by collaboration between the two governments.
3.8 million South Sudanese are in need of humanitarian assistance following the outbreak of civil conflict last December.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.