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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01380-N(1)
Date : 07/12/2015
Country/Region : SOUTH SUDAN
Title : South Sudan : displaced by conflict, struggling with hunger
Duration : 00:05:40
Person appearing :
ALEMU, Meseret Mengistu (EcoSec delegate, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
FELL, Nicola Eva; CASTRO MARTINEZ, Yamila
Cameraman : NDUNGU, Joseph
Editor : unknown
Production reference : AV389N1
Description : Over two million people in South Sudan have fled their homes because of conflict. Many, like Nyathon Pur, have come to Kolapach, a small village in Jonglei State in the northern part of the country. Most fled with little more than the clothes they were wearing. Everyone here is hungry.
Nyathon came to Kolapach with her children and grandchildren, and, like thousands of others, they are now dependent on food aid. This year the land in Kolapach won’t grow enough to feed everybody. The next harvest, however much it brings, is still months away. Food supplies are almost exhausted. To try to prevent a ‘hunger gap’ the ICRC has begun food distributions to 24,000 people.
But in a region as vast, and sometimes insecure, as this, the food from the ICRC has to be airdropped. It is a difficult and often inefficient way to deliver supplies: aid agencies sometimes call airdrops the measure of last resort. In Kolapach, they are a lifesaver.
But Nyathon is very resilient: to supplement the family’s diet, she tries to work as well, collecting wood, and selling it in the local market. She knows better than anyone the dangers of food shortages.
Food distribution like this will never be a longterm solution. The real aim is to save lives now, so that, when the time comes, these families can return home, strong, healthy, and ready to start their lives again.
No one knows how long the insecurity in South Sudan will last, or when things at home will be ‘fine’ again. But at least, in Kolapach, those displaced by conflict are receiving food. That helps them to stay strong, and to keep their plans and hopes for return alive.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : South Sudan : displaced by conflict, struggling with hunger
Colour/B&W : colour
SD/HD : HD
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : ProRes 422
Best material/format available : ProRes 422

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