South Sudan: WFP Begins Food Distribution In Bentiu
Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, was the scene of fierce fighting during the conflict that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December. Much of the city was destroyed and looted
Some are beginning to come home now, only to find that their houses were burned to the ground during the violence, and they have lost everything.
WFP and its partner are distributing food to people who have returned home to Bentiu after fleeing the city during the conflict.
WFP aims to reach 20,000 people in two locations: at the Bentiu Independence Stadium and at a local primary school.
WFP is providing a 15-day ration of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and iodised salt.
Here, a WFP staff member inks the fingers of a woman and her baby as part of the registration process.
Nyakworon and one of her seven children, about to leave the Bentiu Independence Stadium after receiving food assistance from WFP.
Her family, like many in Bentiu, fled their homes for several weeks. Upon their return they found their home has been looted and they are now left without food supplies.
Nyombol -- a mother of seven children -- carries her family's tin of fortified vegetable oil.
A disabled woman, Lamm Thior, was brought in a wheel-barrow to the distribution centre at a primary school in Bentiu.
During the violence and looting that ravaged Bentiu, the WFP compound in the city was not spared, but WFP staff are carrying on with their work. WFP's Elisama Wani (R) and a security guard collect ration cards that were strewn all over the ground after the WFP offices were ransacked and looted.
The salvaged cards are being used in the distribution for returning residents that started the 11th of February. Each card must be signed by a WFP staff member before it can be used to collect rations.
The food is stacked and ready for distribution at the school premises.
Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, has seen violent fighting during the conflict that erupted in South Sudan in mid-December. Many of the people who fled the city are now beginning to come home, only to find that their posessions have been burned and looted. WFP and its partner have begun distributing food to people who have returned home to Bentiu. The first distribution took place on 11 February.