Gov’t starts food distribution to relief food gap
The government has stepped up efforts to distribute food to Juba Teaching Hospital, Alsabbah Children Hospital, Central Prison, Juba Orphanage and Internally Displaced Persons camps; the areas which were considered as the most in need of humanitarian assistance.
The assorted goods were donated by the Egyptian government as part of humanitarian aid to the affected population of the country, says Fr. Mark Lotang Thomas, Director of Relief and Food Security and Livelihood for Relief and Rehabilitation Commission.
In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor, Fr. Thomas said the donation from the Egtypain government has reduced the suffering of the vulnerable people.
“We have started distribution of food items to most affected groups of people targeting beneficiaries of Juba Teaching Hospital, Alsabbah Children Hospital, Central Prison, Juba Orphanage and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to help them improve their living conditions”, he said.
He said the distribution started with seven states and four other locations of where IDPs are residing which were considered as most affected by hunger and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
Fr. Thomas said the food aid was delivered and facilitated to the beneficiaries through organizations and faith based humanitarian churches to help monitor effective distribution process.
He said the distributed assorted food items includes rice, Egyptian beans (Ful Masir), Cheese, milk, chicken, beef and infant milk which he said are in packages for easy transportation.
Fr. Thomas underscored the need to extend similar distribution to schools in a bid to reduce the high rate of malnutrition across the country.
“Plans are underway to extend distribution to schools after assessment to help aid school children improve their health and to reduce the high rate of malnutrition”, he added.
He said the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management together with Relief and Rehabilitation Commission are prioritizing assessment of areas outside Juba to tackle the issue of acute hunger situations in remote areas.
Fr. Thomas said the aim is to ensure that all the affected people across the country are given food to alleviate their suffering in spite of challenges of humanitarian supply.