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Preparing For An Air Drop In South Sudan

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An Ilyushin 76 cargo plane takes the runway in Gambella, Ethiopia to be loaded with 32 metric tons of food for refugees in South Sudan's Upper Nile State.

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Food is piled up in stacks, ready to be dropped out of the plane's cargo hold once it arrives over the drop zone.

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Food is piled up in stacks, ready to be dropped out of the plane's cargo hold once it arrives over the drop zone.

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Food is piled up in stacks, ready to be dropped out of the plane's cargo hold once it arrives over the drop zone.

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It takes two trucks to fill the airplane with about enough food to feed 2,100 refugees for a month in Maban County.

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It takes two trucks to fill the airplane with about enough food to feed 2,100 refugees for a month in Maban County.

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It takes two trucks to fill the airplane with about enough food to feed 2,100 refugees for a month in Maban County.

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The view out the back of the plane as it unloads its cargo of food bags over the drop zone in Maban County. Air drops are tricky operations that require a high degree of planning and coordination.

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