Norwegian aid group cancels food delivery due to fighting in part of South Sudan

Logo of the Norwegian Refugee Council – NRC (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

October 17th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) –  A Norwegian aid group, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said on Tuesday that it had to cancel a food delivery plan due to the ongoing fighting in some part of the country urging warring parties to cease fighting to allow aid delivery.

In a statement issued on Tuesday to mark the commemoration of the World Food Day, the European aid group urged the South Sudanese government to cease all the forms of hostilities to allow unhindered access by aid groups to areas affected by the ongoing conflict.

“Accessing people in need in South Sudan is extremely difficult or impossible in 18 of 78 counties. We had to cancel one critical food distribution because of conflict,” the aid group said in a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia on Tuesday.

The statement urged the parties to cease fighting to let the aid groups reach civilians in areas badly affected by the ongoing South Sudan conflict as many aid groups seek to held affected civilians in remote areas.

“Our message to conflict parties: Don’t let this happen again,” the statement added.

South Sudan government and opposition groups signed a peace agreement in September 2018 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in an effort brokered by the regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the IGAD, to try to end the five-year old brutal conflict.

Despite the signing of the agreement, fighting continued in most part of the country according to the warring parties who accused each other of attacking them despite a report by the ceasefire monitors, the CTSAMM, last week that fighting is declining across the country.

The continuation hinder and hampers the aid delivery by many aid groups including the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to civilians affected by the conflict in many remote areas across South Sudan.

The Norwegian aid group has been providing aid to South Sudanese vulnerable communities even before country could gain its independence from the neighboring Sudan in July 2011.