WFP faces a dizzying number of challenges in delivering assistance to the 5 million people who need it. Abductions, looting, harassment and illegal checkpoints are only the beginning.
Three UN agencies warn that 61% of the population - the highest rate ever - is projected to face crisis levels of food insecurity or worse by the end of July.
The 400-foot long bridge will connect tens of thousands of people and is key not only for humanitarian operations but is expected to boost farm-to-market access and commercial activities in the region as well.
Achok and her family gather for a family meal inside their hut in South Sudan. The growth of the Food Assistance for Assets program (FFA) reflects community interest in being supported to rebuild their own livelihoods and to grow their own food, as well as WFP’s interest in moving away from unconditional assistance, where feasible, and supporting community-led resilience building.
Many women become the head of their household during times of war, yet they have little to give their family. Men are killed in conflict and women are disproportionately subjected to sexual violence, abuse, abduction and displacement from their homes. 45-year-old Akech Mayom in South Sudan was forced to flee her village after soldiers set it on fire. “We were surrounded by bodies,” she says. “I saw my husband and his brother lying there.” Now she cares for seven children with WFP’s help: her own three sons, three nieces and a nephew.
According to two new reports , the reason is clear: Man-made conflict is the #1 driver of hunger on the planet.