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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.
About 27,000 people displaced by fighting in northern South Sudan will have enough to eat for the next week since aid workers began distributing 66 tons of food at a United Nations base January 27.
While warring groups laid down their weapons in Malakal, World Vision staff provided food and household supplies to families displaced by days of fighting there.
World Vision was one of the first to reach the remote city after government and opposition leaders signed a cease-fire agreement January 24.
“It is a huge relief,” said Perry Mansfield, World Vision’s program director in South Sudan. “We are up and running, and I am incredibly relieved that we can be providing direct support to those in need.”
Each person receives about seven pounds of sorghum, 12 ounces of beans, seven ounces of vegetable oil, and about an ounce of salt. They also receive mosquito nets, water jugs, plastic sheeting, and kitchen supplies, among other items.
World Vision also plans to help families in Warrap, Central, and Western Equatoria states with household supply kits, shelter, clean water, and Child-Friendly Spaces.
Thousands have been killed and more than 575,000 South Sudanese have been displaced since the conflict began December 15, including about 112,000 who fled to neighboring countries.
More than 59,000 people have fled to Uganda. World Vision is supplying refugee families there with basic household supplies.
The organization plans to ramp up relief and recovery efforts for the next six months.
Representatives from South Sudan’s government and the opposition continue negotiations toward a formal peace deal.
Michael Arunga, communications manager based in South Sudan, contributed to this report.