Cordaid’s famine response in South Sudan is at its peak. We are now reaching nearly 50.000 people who are displaced by conflict and at the brink of exhaustion. In places like Wau, Guit, Leer, Mayendit and Aburoc, Cordaid provides food vouchers, and nutrition services. We distribute farming and fishing kits and improve water and sanitation facilities.
Cordaid famine response activities 2017
Following the announcement of the South Sudan famine outbreak in February 2017, Cordaid received additional funding from the Dutch government (Dutch Relief Alliance) and the SHO (Dutch public) to intensify its famine response activities. So far – and our efforts are ongoing – Cordaid has:
- provided food vouchers to 4400 households in Aburoc (Upper Nile), Guit, Leer and Wau;
- distributed conditional cash grants to improve food security for 400 households in Aburoc – we will conitnue doing this in Aburoc and Koch;
- distributed seeds, farming tools and fishing kits to 1500 households in Aburoc and Mayendit, and will do the same for 3800 households in Guit this month;
- established 3 safe water wells, repaired a borehole and constructed a rain water harvesting system in Aburoc
- promoted hygiene and set up 3 children health clubs in Aburoc;
- recruited nutrition staff, trained 14 nutrition workers and 70 community volunteers; screened 1849 children’s malnutrition status; to provide life-critical nutrition services and a therapeutical feeding program in Unity State;
- screened 2112 boys and 2688 girls for admission into supplementary feeding (TSFP) and outpatient therapeutic programming.
Interlocking threats causing famine
In Wau, but also in Unity – the northern state with places like Guit, Leer and Mayendit – the humanitarian crisis has reached unprecedented levels, due to a combination of conflict, insecurity, economic crisis and low cereal production. These multiple and interlocking threats are making the food security situation highly precarious. An estimated 215,000 people are in need of food assistance in Wau alone, while 21,200 people remain food insecure in Guit county of Unity State.
Even inside POC camps, households are skipping meals and having sub-optimal nutritional intake
Situation inside camps
Our teams’ assessments in protection of civilians camps and IDP settlements in the cathedral in Wau, show that displaced families still lack sufficient quantity and quality food, resulting in households skipping meals and having sub-optimal nutritional intake. In Guit Cordaid identified that people do receive minimum food distributions through WFP, but the quantity and quality is insufficient leading to high rates of malnutrition. In both areas, pregnant and lactating women and children under 5 are most at risk.
Cordaid’s response in Wau and in Guit, Leer and Mayendit counties include food security interventions (food vouchers), nutritional screening and assistance, primary healthcare and livelihood assistance.
The following pictures show some of our recent famine response activities.
Some recipients of food vouchers. The vouchers allow them to procure essential food items locally. In Leer, Guit and Wau Cordaid and partners distributed food vouchers to 2300 households. (© Cordaid)
Pictures above are from Guit, where we distributed vegetable seeds, farming kits and fishing tools to 3800 households. We also provided farming training sessions. (© Cordaid)