Polish NGO fights famine in South Sudan

A transport of therapeutical food collected for over 800 children by the Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) has been dispatched from Kenya to famine-ridden South Sudan.

The food was bought with funds collected from Polish donors during PCPM charity drives.

According to the PCPM website, the aid will arrive in South Sudan in the crucial and very difficult to sustain wet season. Two trucks loaded with highly energetic foodstuff worth USD 22,500 have left Nairobi and are on their way to Gordhim Feeding Centre in Aweil in the west of the country.

The food rations consisting of a mix of sugar, powdered milk, fats, vitamins and supplements packed in sachets will help the starving inhabitants of South Sudan, especially the minors who are in the greatest danger from the famine.

“Children die of hunger faster than adults, yet on the other hand it is easier to save a child from death,” said PCPM head Wojciech Wilk, adding that “if a child only has access to proper, specialised food, they can move away from the precipice of death by starvation, increase their body weight and all of their life parameters return to normal.”

A famine-stricken child needs on average three sachets per day through two weeks in order to complete the treatment. The food amassed by the PCPM is enough to treat 820 children. However, given the fact that thousands of South Sudanese people are in dire need of help, the PCPM charity drive continues.

The transport’s destination is Gordhim Feeding Centre in Aweil, a region that hosts around 17,000 malnutritioned children who are unlikely to make it to the next harvest season if not provided with aid. Apart from mitigating famine, PCPM specialists are combating the spread of diseases and organising agriculture and hygiene workshops for the residents of local villages.