Current Date:

Saturday, 18 November 2017
 

MoU Facilitating Aid to S. Sudan through Sudan Extended for One Year, until July 2018

(OCHA Sudan) On 17 July 2017, the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan signed a one year extension of the memorandum of understanding (MoU)—from July 2017 to June 2018— allowing for the movement of humanitarian assistance from Sudan to South Sudan. The extension comes at a critical time as humanitarian needs in South Sudan continue to increase, particularly during the lean season (February – July) when millions of people are considered to be severely food insecure. Food insecurity is expected to further deteriorate given the ongoing conflict in the country.
Since the opening of the humanitarian corridor in July 2014, the agreement has been extended six times and a total of 85,700 metric tons (MT) of food assistance has been delivered to South Sudan. In 2017 alone, the World Food Programme (WFP) delivered 21,162 MT of food to some 200,000 conflict-affected and food insecure people in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, using the longstanding Kosti corridor.
In March 2017, the Government of Sudan opened an additional corridor allowing the movement of humanitarian supplies to Unity State. Since then, WFP has delivered 10,109 MT of emergency food assistance to Bentiu to support the critical needs of an estimated 185,000 people in the state. Most recently, the Government of Sudan opened the Meriam and Abyei road routes to allow for the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Greater Northern Bahr El Ghazal area.
Under the extended agreement, WFP plans to deliver between 90,000 and 100,000 MT of food assistance over the next year to vulnerable communities in food insecure areas, depending on resource availability. As a vital supply route, the Sudan- South Sudan corridor will continue to allow WFP to deliver humanitarian assistance faster due to a shorter distance to the delivery point and enhance cost-efficiency.