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SOURCE World Vision Canada
JUBA, South Sudan, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The ceasefire announced today in Addis Ababa between South Sudan's government and opposition could mean that aid agencies can finally access areas where children and families have been suffering due to the conflict.
The ceasefire is a first step to ensuring safety for children and families impacted by the conflict and safe passage for aid workers. However, several other actions need to be in place before agencies can send their teams to the most volatile areas. World Vision is working closely with other non-governmental organizations and the United Nations to continually assess the situation across the country.
"Until now, several parts of South Sudan were simply inaccessible," says Perry Mansfield, program director for World Vision South Sudan. "We know that there are children across the country who need humanitarian assistance. Many have been separated from their families, haven't had a meal in days, or are injured. They need our help whether it be in protection, food, or health services, but as long as violence continues to break out, we cannot get to them."
"In any conflict, and South Sudan is no exception, children are always the most vulnerable. World Vision is ready to move in to the areas where children have been most affected, as soon as it is deemed safe for us to do so. In light of this ceasefire, we hope it will be soon," Mansfield adds.
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