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South Sudan: Helping New Arrivals To The Refugee Camp In Yida

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The first thing new arrivals to the refugee camp in Yida, South Sudan receive are high-energy biscuits for their children. Requiring no preparation, these foods can be eaten immediately providing children of refugees with a badly needed source of nutrition after their long journey to the camp.

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Refugees are then provided with a food ration to see them through their first few weeks in the camp. The food ration consists of cereals, oil, salt, sugar and pulses.

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Enough salt to last a family of new arrivals to the camp two weeks until they receive their second ration. 

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In April, WFP fed some 26,400 refugees in the camp -- a number that is continuing to grow daily as more arrive from across the border in Sudan.

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After families finish their first two-week ration, they begin receiving bigger rations to last them an entire month.

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Three children play on the back of a donkey at the refugee camp in Yida, South Sudan. In addition to general food rations, WFP is providing young children in Yida with highly fortified foods designed to treat and prevent malnutrition. WFP is also providing this specialized nutritional support to pregnant women and new mothers, who are also particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of undernutrition.

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In order to receive their rations, refugees at the camp in Yida must present ration cards. These cards help to identify who has already received food and who still needs to receive more.

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Food for the refugees at Yida is stored at these mobile warehouses, which keep the food safe from pests and out of the sun.

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WFP is busy stocking up food at the refugee camp in Yida, which will be difficult to reach once the rains begin and turn the roads to mud.

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