Starving Sudanese children robbed of food

South SudanFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – CHILDREN’s rights organisations have urged authorities to investigate the looting of food meant for distribution to more than 1 500 malnourished children in the war-torn South Sudan.
Armed groups and aggressive members of the public looted a compound and warehouse belonging to Save the Children in Waat former Jonglei State east of the country.
“To be honest this is the most extreme act by the very people we are trying to help. To rob more than 1 500 malnourished children of the much needed assistance we have been providing in our feeding centres is totally unacceptable,” Peter Walsh, Country Director for Save the Children in South Sudan, said.
Save the Children is the only nutrition partner in Waat providing life-saving services to children, an area classified as at the brink of famine.
“The looting means right now we can no longer provide life-saving assistance to thousands of acutely malnourished children,” Walsh further said.
He urged the local authority in the area to investigate the recent incident and ensure that all supplies were returned.
“As we battle to counter the spread of famine declared last week, it is critical that parties to the conflict provide unimpeded humanitarian access to the affected community to avoid famine becoming their death sentence.”
Some 5,5 million South Sudanese, half the country’s population, are food insecure after famine blamed on the civil war.
– CAJ News

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