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Reference : V-P-SS-E-00722
Date : 2015
Country/Region : SOUTH SUDAN
Caption : Jonglei State, Toch. Airdrops and distribution of food rations. Due to the conflict, the population of Toch has triple over the last year, making the access to food, already scarce, even more difficult. 3,500 families are currently receiving food rations from the ICRC.
Photographer : CASTRO, Yamila
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC web site, Article, 03 September 2015.
"South Sudan: Airdropping food into marshes"
The ICRC is currently airdropping and distributing food rations in Toch, South Sudan, a remote area in Jonglei state – accessible only by boat or aircraft – where 1,500 of the 3,500 families registered by the ICRC for assistance are displaced.

Over the last year, the small village of Toch has seen its population triple as thousands of people have moved to this swampy area in the northern part of the country to escape the continuing violence. Many have come from nearby Unity state.

The operation that began on 25 August is expected to last for about ten days. During this period two cargo planes running daily rotations will bring more than 400 tonnes of food for a population of nearly 22,000 in the area. Sorghum, beans, salt, sugar, oil and a nutritional supplement for children are among the items being distributed.

"With no harvest in 2014 and little chance for it to happen this year, the resident community is overwhelmed by hosting a large number of internally displaced people with such scarce sources of food, which mainly consist of water lilies and wild vegetables," said Aslan Tukhuzhev, an ICRC delegate who manages distributions in South Sudan.

"Following discussions with local authorities and a recent assessment conducted by our teams on the ground, there is a definite need for assistance here," he emphasized.

In Toch, as in many other places throughout the country, the ICRC is working closely with the South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC). David Dak Chak of the SSRC in Fangak county, who has been helping with food distribution, said: "The airdrops here are particularly challenging. There are snakes and other animals hiding in the long grass. It can be dangerous but there are no other alternatives to bringing food into this area. It's flooded everywhere."

In addition to the food rations delivered to both residents and displaced people, the latter, considered even more vulnerable, are also being provided with fishing kits to help them improve their livelihoods.
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