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WFP to keep providing assistance, despite warehouse looting

Author : | Published: Thursday, July 28, 2016

The World Food Programme says it will continue to provide food assistance to civilians in South Sudan despite the recent looting of its warehouse in Juba.

The UN agency said that before the fighting started earlier this month, more than 4,500 metric tons of food was in the warehouse.

It said the food items were enough to provide lifesaving food and nutrition assistance to about 220,000 people for a month.

Two weeks ago, the agency issued a statement saying that UNMISS peacekeepers carried out an assessment of the warehouse and reported extensive looting.

“Our main focus has been trying to deal with the consequences of this lost in order to be able to continue assisting tens of thousands of people, those in Juba and millions of people outside of Juba,” said the WFP Regional Spokesperson, Challiss McDonough, speaking to Eye Radio.

“We have the ability to keep moving to some extents even with the loss of our warehouse.”

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