However, enabling easier access will not only save lives, but also money.
It is much more expensive to provide aid in a conflict zone. Due to attacks on the road, staff and supplies (including huge quantities of food and shelter supplies), have to be airlifted rather than transported by road. Additional measures also need to be put in place for personal security of staff, including additional security guards, training and security infrastructure.
Concern works in South Sudan because of these difficulties – we work in some of the poorest and most difficult places in the world. There may be immense challenges, but through our hard work and perseverance, there is the chance to make a meaningful difference to people’s lives. We’ve adapted to our surroundings by increasing food and nutrition programmes and the number of health centres, and in turn have seen a lot of success in both Northern Bahr Ghazal and in the POCs (Protection of Civilians camps), where we are providing food, water, sanitation and shelter to 150,000 people who have fled there from conflict.
We have a number of robust systems in place to ensure that supporter’s money is spent effectively, and while I can understand why people may worry about their support getting through in conflict-affected areas, I wholeheartedly encourage them to keep an open mind and to learn more about Concern and the work we do. I would like to thank people for their support so far, and let them know that it is very much appreciated by the famine-affected communities of South Sudan.