China donates 2,048 tonnes rice to South Sudan

24.05.2018

The donation is part of 8,800 tonnes of rice Beijing pledged to South Sudan in 2017.

South Sudan is in the midst of a catastrophic humanitarian crisis driven by three years of brutal civil war. (Image Credit: Wikimedia)

China handed over 2,048 tonnes of rice to UN food agency to give some relief to East African nation's thousands of hungry people.

More than 7 million people are currently food insecure in South Sudan and China's recent food aid would rescue thousands of hungry people from starving.

South Sudan is in the midst of a catastrophic humanitarian crisis driven by three years of brutal civil war. Nearly half of the population are facing extreme hunger and are in need of urgent aid.

The donation is part of 8,800 tonnes of rice Beijing pledged to South Sudan in 2017 to fight severe food shortage.

According to the officials of UN Food Agency, Chinese rice would help UN World Food Programme (WFP) provide emergency food aid to some 136,000 people for one month.

He Xiangdong, Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, said the contribution is part of China's efforts to support the world's youngest country to overcome the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

Manase Lomole, Chairperson of South Sudan's relief agency, the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC), said cooperation between Juba and Beijing have been fruitful and should be strengthened to benefit the people of both countries.


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