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Seven-month-old Makool Malou is among the growing number of children who depend on World Vision’s nutrition program for survival in impoverished South Sudan’s Warrap state.
After government and opposition leaders signed a cease-fire agreement, World Vision was among the first aid groups to reach the remote South Sudanese city of Malakal, providing food and household supplies to families displaced by days of fighting there.
Cease-fire announced Thursday in Addis Ababa could mean aid agencies can finally access areas where children and families have been.
World Vision, one of the largest aid agencies working in South Sudan, is calling on all parties to listen to the cries of the afflicted children and seek a negotiated solution to the nearly month-long conflict in the country.
Since December, armed conflict has killed thousands and driven more than 1.3 million South Sudanese from their homes. World Vision is working to meet the needs of displaced children and families.
Two-year-old Lual is among 18,000 malnourished children benefiting from World Vision’s emergency nutrition program in South Sudan.
Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong leads a team of world record holders and celebrities at the 2013 Providence Hood to Coast relay, running for clean water in South Sudan.
UPDATE: Ten days after two staff members were killed by a grenade explosion near the organization’s office, World Vision restored limited operations in displacement camps in South Darfur, Sudan.