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.