By Newsdesk and agency report
In order to prevent famine in South Sudan, the Chinese government has donated over 1,500 tonnes of rice as part of its emergency relief materials to the country.
It would be recalled that four months ago, the Chinese pledged to provide 8,800 tonnes of rice to the war-torn East African nation to help fight the severe food shortage.
Head of Chinese Embassy in South Sudan, Li Xiangfeng, disclosed that the first batch of 60 containers of rice has already been handed to South Sudan’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) and more are expected to arrive in the coming months.
The envoy explained that Chinese government often attaches great importance to bilateral friendship and cooperation between Beijing and Juba.
“As a true friend and sincere partner of South Sudan, China will continuously provide strong support to South Sudan in the process of peaceful reconstruction,” Li said.
Deputy chairperson of the RRC, Paul Dhel Gum, commended the Chinese government for the gesture, adding that the donation would be used to address food shortage in the most vulnerable areas affected by conflict and severe food insecurity.
“We will continue to cooperate with the people of China because of their continued commitment to help the people of South Sudan, and we are grateful for the donation,” he added.
South Sudan has been embroiled in more than three years of conflict that has have taken a devastating toll on the people.
A peace deal signed in August 2015 between the rival leaders under UN pressure led to the establishment of a transitional unity government in April, but was shattered by renewed fighting in July 2016.
The UN estimates that 1.5 million people have been displaced into neighbouring countries and another 7.5 million people across the country are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.