Sudan delivers food aid to flood victims in Unity State
Authorities in Unity State have revealed receiving food relief from the Sudanese government to support the flood-affected people in the area.
Speaking to The City Review yesterday from Bentiu, Unity State minister in charge of Information and Communication, Gabriel Hon Makuei, said the aid includes food items and non-food items that were distributed to the needy on Saturday.
He said although the borders had not been opened officially by both governments of South Sudan and Sudan, they have been receiving trucks arriving with food commodities in the state.
The borders between the two countries were supposed to be reopened on October 1, 2021, after more than seven years of closure.
“[We have] been receiving trucks bringing food items from Sudan over the weekend and we have distributed the food to the flood-affected people in Unity and Upper Nile states,” Gabriel said.
Sudan closed its borders with South Sudan in 2012 following the decision of Juba to shut down its oil due to what it called the “broad daylight stealing of its oil by Khartoum.”
At least 466,000 people have been displaced by floods since May 2021, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs (UNOCHA) has confirmed.
The most affected people are from Jonglei and Unity States followed by Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal and the Upper Nile States that have been the hardest-hit to date.
According to the recent assessment carried out by UNOCHA, priority intervention measures need to include food assistance, emergency shelters, and non-food items, water, sanitation, and hygiene services.
In August, President Salva Kiir and Sudan’s Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok met in Juba and agreed to reopen four borders on October 1, 2021.