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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01754-N
Date : 30/03/2017
Country/Region : SOUTH SUDAN
Title : South Sudan : food from the skies as communities slip deeper into hunger
Duration : 00:03:52
Editor : FELL, Nicola Eva
Person appearing :
MUSOYATOV, Khurshed (EcoSec delegate, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
STRAZIUSO, Jason; SYNENKO, Alyona; SALTBONES, Olav A.; FELL, Nicola Eva
Production reference : AV624N
Description : Air drops: food from the skies, are the last option to deliver supplies to the hungry, but in many parts of South Sudan, such as Maar, in Jonglei Province, they have become the only option. Conflict has made more efficient deliveries by road impossible. The United Nations has already declared a famine in parts of South Sudan, and the ICRC is dropping tonnes of food aid to thousands of displaced civilians, and the communities who are hosting them. Lang Biliu of the South Sudanese Red Cross is on the ground, helping to distribute the supplies. As he explains, even if those driven from their homes by the conflict had money to buy food, they would not, now, be able to find it.
Every time an airdrop happens, thousands gather, waiting patiently for what is sometimes their first real food in days. Whole families, from the very young to the very old, have fled their villages, their livestock, and their crops, leaving them with nothing. Nyayiek Gathwech is the mother of 8 children. Now, she is struggling to feed them.
At the same time, the communities hosting the displaced are under strain: there just isn’t enough food to go round. The damage caused by hunger is all too visible. Adults, like Chuol Totjiok, regularly go without, in order to try to make sure children have something to eat.
The ICRC began food drops to Maar in March this year, aiming to reach 20,000 people. But such deliveries are only a short term measure, an attempt to avoid the disaster of famine for a few months perhaps. In the long term, as the ICRC’s director of operations Dominik Stihlhart said recently, “Famine is a by-product. The root cause is the presence of long term, intractable conflict. It's the conflict that renders agricultural land unusable, that forces people to flee their homes, and that destroys hospitals and other vital services.”
The ICRC this month appealed for $400 million to help people not just in South Sudan, but in humanitarian crises in Yemen, Somalia, and north-east Nigeria too. The UN estimates that 20 million people are in need of basic, life saving supplies in these four countries. In South Sudan, in Maar and in Mundri, where some road deliveries are still possible, the ICRC is also trying to look ahead to the next planting season, in the hope that, if some measure of peace returns, people can try to rebuild their lives.
But next season is many hungry days and weeks away. With the help of the ICRC, people in South Sudan can get started on planting, but while they wait, and hope, for the new crops to grow, they will still be looking to the skies for the food to keep them alive.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : South Sudan : food from the skies as communities slip deeper into hunger
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422