While Caroline Koromia and her team were deployed in Kamel this Ostrich would visit their camp and walk with them to the airdrop zone or food distribution point. Caroline and the staff grew very fond of the 'Big Bird'. Copyright: WFP/Simon Agnew

In South Sudan, WFP Takes Assistance to Remote Areas and Makes Friends with an Ostrich

As an Emergency Response Officer in South Sudan, Caroline Koromia has been leading emergency mobile teams to reach vulnerable people who have been isolated by conflict in some of the most food-insecure areas of the country since March 2014. She tells us about her recent experience in the locality of Kamel in Jonglei State.

Emergency in South Sudan

Fighting in South Sudan has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes to seek shelter. WFP is on the ground distributing food to civilians in need. 

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Overview

South Sudan officially declared independence on 9 July 2011 to become the United Nations 193rd member state.  The country has a total area of 644, 329 square kilometers, and is roughly the size of France or Afghanistan. It has an estimated population of 10.3 million people. Approximately 90 percent of South Sudanese households depend on crop farming, livestock, fishing or forestry for their livelihoods, but productivity across all these sectors is minimal. Fighting broke out in Juba in December 2013, and quickly spread across much of the country.