UNICEF

South Sudan, March 2016

The conflict in South Sudan, where food insecurity will affect 7.5 million people this year, has left aid agencies struggling to bring vital supplies to remote areas. Kate Holt joined a rapid response mission to Thanyang, in Unity state, on behalf of Unicef. The mission brought food, medical supplies and vaccines to 15,000 people in an area where the only water comes from a nearby swamp and there are no health clinics, boreholes, schools or roads. Some walked for two days to get there. Many live on an island surrounded by swamp in an opposition-controlled area.

South Sudan was plunged into civil war two years ago. Although a peace deal was signed in August 2015 between President Salva Kiir and his former vice-president Riek Machar, the increasingly fragmented nature of the conflict has meant that NGOs struggle to access remote communities.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) estimates that 1.69 million people have been internally displaced.

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  • Women carry emergency food supplies on their head from a World Food programme helicopter that has just landed in Thanyang. Kate Holt.
  • A Water and Sanitation adviser from UNICEF demonstrates how to make very dirty water clean using chlorine sachets. Kate Holt.
  • Two woman wash in swamp water while another collects water in a plastic container in a swamp. Kate Holt.
  • A woman drinks water with her hands from a swamp near to an emergency food distribution site. Kate Holt.
  • Families who have been displaced by ongoing fighting in South Sudan wait to register to receive a ration card. Kate Holt.
  • A young girl, who has been displaced by ongoing fighting carries her baby sister on her head in a basket. Kate Holt.
  • Families who have been displaced by ongoing fighting in South Sudan arrive with what few possessions they have. Kate Holt.
  • Women and their children who have been displaced by ongoing fighting camp outside in the open air. Kate Holt.
  • Staff members from UNICEF and the World Food Programme work late into the night using a solar power lamp. Kate Holt.
  • A child receives a polio vaccine from a UNICEF volunteer vaccinator at an emergency food distribution site. Kate Holt.
  • Young girls queue up to be registered for school at an emergency food distribution site. Kate Holt.
  • A cattle keeper guards his cows in a compound watched on by his young son in the village of Thanyang. Kate Holt.
  • Women and their children, who have been displaced by ongoing fighting, camp outside in the early morning. Kate Holt.
  • Nyaki Masha a mother of six, who has had two children who have died from hunger and one who was killed in the war, cooks. Kate Holt.
  • A young boy stands by his mosquito net that is his families only shelter at night, in Thanyang. Kate Holt.
  • Women and their children, who have been displaced by ongoing fighting, camp outside in the open air. Kate Holt.
  • A woman holds up a pot with mashed up water lily leaf that is her family's staple diet. Kate Holt.
  • A woman holds her severely malnourished child while they wait to be registered to receive food aid. Kate Holt.
  • A young girl and her brother eat boiled corn at an emergency food distribution site. Kate Holt.
  • A female cattle keeper lights a pipe in front of her cows in the village of Thanyang. Kate Holt.