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15 October 2003 – Sudan: huge, beautiful, contradictory, infinitely varied and distinctly complex, is an extraordinary place. I was deployed to Red Sea State (RSS), in the north east, from November 2002 until April 2003 in response to a developing drought induced emergency and more specifically a nutrition survey that indicated a prevalence of malnutrition far above what are considered emergency thresholds. The deployment was start the organisations response to what was seen as being a big emergency. The expectations were that I would write a proposal for the establishment of a Supplementary Feeding Programme and get it started. Well, things never quite work out as you expect........
I arrived in Khartoum and spent some time going around various agencies and potential donors to make them aware of the situation in RSS and then headed into Port Sudan to begin the process getting an emergency response underway.
RSS lies along the Red Sea and is an area of intense contrast. It's made up of 4 seperate regions which all suffer from varying degrees of aridity. The reasons for the current emergency situation are linked to yet another cycle of drought that has severely affected people in the State through the destruction of essential pasture and grazing that has seen sheep, goat and camel stocks slowly reduced over a period of years. It's left the majority of people unable to make the type of living from animals that they enjoyed in years past.
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