International charity has strongly condemned the looting of compound and warehouse in South Sudan’s Waat, allegedly by both armed groups and members of the community in the area.

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In a statement issued on Tuesday night, Save the Children called on local authorities to investigate the incident and ensure that all food supplies is returned.

“To be honest this is the most extreme act by the very people we are trying to help, to rob more than 1,500 malnourished children of the much needed assistance we have been providing in our feeding centers,” said Peter Walsh, the Country Director for Save the Children in South Sudan.

“Even the nutrition supplies for very sick children were looted, this is totally unacceptable. We strongly urge the local authority in the area to investigate the incident and ensure that all supplies are returned,” Walsh added.

Save the Children is the only nutrition partner providing life-saving services to children in Waat, an area classified by the recent IPC as phase 4, at the brink of famine.

“The looting means right now we can no longer provide life-saving assistance to thousands of acutely malnourished children,” Walsh said.

Waat said other norther parts of the former Jonglei state remained largely peaceful following the outbreak of the conflict in 2013 and thousands of civilians from former Upper Nile and central Jonglei sought safety in Waat and Akobo.

Walsh added that as the charity battles to counter the spread of famine declared last week, it is critical that parties to the conflict provide unimpeded humanitarian access to the affected community.

The escalation of conflict in these already vulnerable communities is a big concern for the host community and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), some of which have already been displaced multiple times in the three years of conflict.

Insecurity and lack of access have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan, and a further 1 million are on the brink of famine. Enditem

Source: Daniel Majack, Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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