(只有英文)聯合國兒童基金會與合作伙伴為南蘇丹饑荒侵襲地區逾14.5萬人提供援助

 

(只有英文)聯合國兒童基金會與合作伙伴為南蘇丹饑荒侵襲地區逾14.5萬人提供援助

Angelina Nyanin, 25, holds her niece, Nyalel Gatcauk, 2,  who suffers from malnutrition,  as a UNICEF nutrition worker measures her arm during a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) mission in Thonyor, Leer county, South Sudan, February 26, 2017.  Angelina has five children of her own. They come from a village called Waluk, a two hours walk from the WFP registration area. Armed men killed her husband last year during a raid. Nyalel is the daughter of her brother. Angelina explained how in August last year her village was attacked by what she said were government soldiers. In the incident the soldiers took the mother of Nyalel away. She has never returned. She now provides for Nyalel as a mother. SheÕs alone, taking care of six children. The father of Nyalel is in Khartoum. ÒWhen they attacked the village I managed to run away with my children into the bush. When I returned at night Nyalel was in the house, but her mother was gone. The armed men that came for us that day and killed people randomly. They burned down many houses. Food and insecurity are our biggest worries. Because of the fighting that is going on around us it is difficult to find food. We are forced to collect and eat water lilies from the swamp. But the children donÕt react well to them. They loose weight quickly. I wish I could give my children a normal life. I wish I could send them to school, buy new clothes for them. I wish I could see them play outside the house during the day. But this is not possible now. The war has ruined everything in our livesÓ, Angelina explains. In areas affected by insecurity and cut off from humanitarian assistance, including Leer, Koch and Manyedit counties, UNICEF, in collaboration with World Food Programme and partners, are working to reach the most vulnerable children with acute malnutrition through Rapid Response Missions and to re-establish static services in areas with relative calm. Further missions are planned in the coming days and weeks to address the nutritio

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Angelina Nyanin, 25, holds her niece, Nyalel Gatcauk, 2, who suffers from malnutrition, as a UNICEF nutrition worker measures her arm during a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) mission in Thonyor, Leer county, South Sudan

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Joint rapid response teams reach more than 30,000 children under-five

JUBA, South Sudan/ HONG KONG, 28 March 2017 – More than one month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF – together with the World Food Programme and other partners – has delivered life-saving assistance to 145,000 thousand people, including 33,000 children under the age of five.

Thirteen mobile emergency teams, known as the Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism (IRRM), have been deployed to areas of Unity State where more than 100,000 people are living in two famine-affected counties.

“With more than a quarter of a million children estimated to be severely malnourished in South Sudan, the scale of this crisis requires us to respond as quickly and as robustly as possible if we are to prevent children from dying,” said Jeremy Hopkins, acting UNICEF Representative in South Sudan. “Through these missions, we are able to provide critical assistance to large numbers of children who we would not otherwise be able to reach.”

Through the rapid response missions UNICEF teams have screened more than 5,700 children under 5 years of age for malnutrition; vaccinated more than 25,000 children against polio and measles; provided 11,500 households with access to safe water, and a further 15,800 with hygiene supplies. More than 40 separated or unaccompanied children have also been registered so as to begin the family reunification process.

With nearly 1.9 million people – half of them children – having been displaced by violence in South Sudan to often inaccessible areas, UNICEF and WFP designed the Integrated Rapid Response Mechanism in early 2014 to bring urgent assistance by air and river to desperate families. Since then, rapid response teams have provided aid to more than one million people.

These missions go deep into South Sudan, another reminder of the need for full, unimpeded and safe access for all humanitarian workers in the country.