A chance to survive

A chance to survive

MAF deliveries are providing a lifeline for many facing crisis situations

A crowd gathers to watch as MAF pilot Ryan Unger reveals his delivery of precious cargo. The expectant faces include villagers and those who are internally displaced, having fled the violence that has torn a nation apart. All are eager to receive the vital supplies that have just landed.

1,000 kg of supplies are being delivered for emergency relief organisation Medair, and include mosquito nets, large tents and much-needed food.

Medair is running an emergency clinic in Ganyiel, central South Sudan, treating severely malnourished children and those physically affected by the fighting that erupted in December 2013.

A mother and child sat on a bed in the emergency clinic.ac

Among them is baby Nyakueka. She has been fighting for her life in the Medair clinic, and is showing signs of improvement. The facilities are basic, but have proven enough to save her life.

Although the area has been considered opposition territory, requiring special permission from the government to land, MAF has been able to deliver essential supplies to help patients like Nyakueka at this remote medical facility.

A doctor checks the the heartbeat of a girl while she sits on her mother's lap.

Outside, mothers and children wait to be seen by Medair staff.

Peter Manyanog checks the next severely malnourished child, whose tiny arm measures only 10cm. Painfully underweight babies have become a regular sight in this and many other remote and desperately poor villages across South Sudan. Those that are blessed by a local airstrip can hope that vital cargo will continue to arrive and offer them a chance of survival. 

Medair staff taking the measurements of a young girls arms.