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  • on 21.10.2015
  • at 10:20 AM
  • by Kimberley Evans

Food aid racket: free sorghum from Awerial, Lakes state resold in Bor 0

International food aid meant for consumption by displaced people in Awerial in Lakes state and other places is being sold for profit in the Jonglei state capital Bor.

Traders and consumers say food aid can be found in Bor market being sold at a premium to internally displaced people (IDPs) who are supposed to receive the food for free as well as to others.

Smile Again Africa Development Organization (SAADO), an aid organization operating in South Sudan, has strongly condemned the act of selling food aid to IDPs.

A staff member of SAADO said the sale of relief food indicates that the beneficiaries are not actually in need of food aid if they sell it in the market instead of consuming it for themselves.

“We are disappointed because we don’t look at these gifts or this food that we normally give just as a form of food,” said the SAADO staff. “We look at it as a sweat that a lot of donors have donated so that [IDPs] can have something to put on the table, so whenever they sell most of us get disappointed.”

“We give them [food] for their own consumption,” he stressed.

According to the aid worker, people receiving food aid are selling it in order to buy onions, milk, and sugar which are not provided to them.

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