United Nations Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS)

Opération Survie au Soudan (OSS)

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Mar 1989, by the United Nations (UN), in response to a devastating famine in southern Sudan - the result of drought and civil war - which killed an estimated 250,000 people in 1988 alone. No activities reported since 2002.


Bring food, basic relief and rehabilitation services to civilians on all sides of the conflict.

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OLS is a unique operation which grew out of a UNICEF initiative to establish 'corridors of tranquillity' into the war zone. It was the first legal cross-border relief operation in which the government has agreed that the United Nations could work with the country's rebel movement - the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) and the South Sudan Independence Army/Movement (SSIA/M) - to address humanitarian needs. UNICEF is the lead agency for OLS southern sector operations from Kenya and Uganda, and as such provides a coordinating role for the UN agencies and most of the NGOs operating in the South. It also runs a major relief camp in Lokichokio, from which OLS organizations conduct their cross-border operations. UNICEF's Khartoum (Sudan) office provides relief and rehabilitation services in Government held areas in the South. UNICEF's major programmes, in partnership with NGOs are health (primary health care and immunization), nutrition, household food security (seeds and tools, veterinary activities and fishing), water and environmental sanitation, gender and development, humanitarian principles, education and programmes for children in especially difficult circumstances. As a UN partner, the WFP provides emergency relief from Kenya and Uganda, as well as from Khartoum to some 1.6 million war and drought-affected people in southern Sudan. WFP also implements small-scale food for work programme to encourage self-sufficiency amongst the local communities. Using its logistic experience, WFP manages all food and non-food airlifts, airdrops, and truck deliveries from Lokichokio into southern Sudan on behalf of UN and over 35 NGOs. WFP also sends relief food on river barges and trains from the North of the country to the South.


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  • Social Activity
    • Welfare
    • Services
  • Amenities
    • Food
  • Health Care
    • Rehabilitation
  • Defence
    • Conflict
  • International Relations
    • United Nations

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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