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Save the Children Aid Flight Heads to South Sudan

WESTPORT, Conn., Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A special Save the Children flight will arrive in South Sudan on Tuesday, Dec. 24, carrying supplies for families who have fled their homes due to fighting.

UNMISS peacekeepers have been assisting displaced civilians in South Sudan by providing protection and medical support, and building sanitation. UN Photo/UNMISS.

These supplies will be used to help alleviate the conditions of those families seeking safety in United Nations compounds in Juba and include: 150 jerry cans, kitchen sets for 140 families, 140 waterproof sheets, and two large water bladders that each hold 5,000 liters.

The one metric ton of supplies will add to those supplies already warehoused by Save the Children in South Sudan. The flight is taking off from Nairobi and is scheduled to arrive in Juba, South Sudan, Tuesday morning.

Save the Children, which has been working in South Sudan for more than three decades, has maintained essential staff there in order to meet the humanitarian needs of children in the country.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

(Save the Children's South Sudan country director Fiona McSheehy is available for interview.)

Media Contacts:

Francine Uenuma, fuenuma@savechildren.org, 202.450.9153


Wendy Christian, wchristian@savechildren.org, 203.465.8010

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