Photo of the week: urgent needs in South Sudan

This week’s Photo of the Week by photographer Kate Holt shows women and children displaced by recent fighting queuing to collect food in the town of Mingkamen in South Sudan where humanitarian assistance is being provided. This photograph was selected to highlight the situation faced by the women and children of South Sudan. UNICEF support includes programmes in water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, health, education and child protection, but needs continue to outpace funding resources.

The visible exhaustion seen in the women is a symbol of the cost of the conflict for the people of South Sudan. These women and children are among 708,900 people – including an estimated 379,083 children – uprooted from their homes since resurgent violence erupted late last year. The photograph is a reminder that some 4.9 million people across South Sudan require humanitarian assistance. As part of the inter-agency Crisis Response Plan, UNICEF requires US$75 million to cover its response between January and June 2014. By 17 March, 80 per cent remained unfunded.

Christine Nesbitt is UNICEF’s Senior Photography Editor

More images by Kate Holt for UNICEF can been viewed in a feature on South Sudan in The Guardian.

To see more images from UNICEF visit UNICEF Photography.

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