According to a joint statement issued on 8 April by the World Food Programme (WFP) and partners, more than 250,000 South Sudanese affected by the conflict are receiving life-saving food transported through Sudan. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Sudan and South Sudan in July 2014 allowing passage of humanitarian assistance from Sudan to South Sudan for six months and extended in December 2014 for a similar period. Food has been distributed mainly in Maban, Melut, Renk and Wadakona in Upper Nile State. An estimated 16,200 metric tons of food assistance would be delivered from April to June by eight convoys of 25 trucks per month.
Following an outbreak of measles at the Protection of Civilians (POC) site in Bentiu (Unity State), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have begun immunizing children in the camp. The immunization, which started on 7 April and will last five days, is targeting more than 23,000 children from six months to 15 years old.
In a press statement on 2 April, Mr. Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, stressed his deep concern that as the main planting season starts in South Sudan, the conflict continues to restrict civilians’ freedom of movement and limit people’s ability to provide for themselves. “It is vital that the people in South Sudan are able to move freely to access their land, plant crops, tend to their livestock and trade without fear of violence”, Mr. Lanzer stated.