Children cross a body of water to reach a registration area prior to a food distribution carried out by the United Nations World Food Program in Thonyor. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
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Thousands of people at the epicenter of a man-made famine in South Sudan emerged from the safety of the swamps this past weekend hoping to receive emergency deliveries of food. For months now Bol Mol, a 45-year-old former oil field security officer, has struggled to keep his family alive, spearfishing in nearby rivers and marshes while his three wives gather water lilies for food.Food shipments have been deliberately blocked and aid workers have been targeted.As recently as December the members of yet another 56,000 households were forced to flee to the safety of the swamps when yet another government offensive reached the area."Before the conflict I lived here in Thonyor but had to move far away to the islands in the swamp for safety," she said. This weekend's registration for food deliveries had drawn her back.
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