WFP: Violence in South Sudan blocking food aid

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The World Food Programme (WFP) says ongoing violence in South Sudan is blocking deliveries of food aid, despite a peace deal signed last month.

According to WFP, fighting has continued in the Western Bahr el Ghazal and Central Equatoria regions, suggesting last month’s peace agreement is failing to hold or hasn’t been successfully implemented across the entire country.

South Sudan violence blocking food aid

WFP’s Country Director for South Sudan Adnan Khan says tens of thousands of people across the country are in need of emergency food aid and pinpoints Baggari, an area southwest of the city of Wau, in Bahr el Ghazal, as one area where the spread of severe hunger is particularly alarming.

According to Khan, efforts to get food aid to people in Baggari and other places is being hampered by ongoing violence.

Last month, President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace agreement expected to bring an end to South Sudan’s civil war, which has killed almost 400,000 people, according to a London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

However, reports of ongoing violence continue to emerge. Last week, Human Rights Watch accused government troops of committing fresh human rights abuses against civilians in Wau – claims military spokesman Lul Ruai Koang promptly denied.

Featured image: By Matt Murphy, U.S. State Department – http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/b/37527.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2574800

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.