Panalpina in South Sudan relief flight

18 / 12 / 2017

Panalpina has assisted the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) by flying relief aid to Africa to help children suffering in South Sudan.

A Panalpina chartered cargo aircraft landed in the early hours of Saturday morning in neighboring Uganda, carrying nearly 80 tons of supplies including emergency shelters, water treatment equipment and medical kits.

The flight took off from Liège (Belgium) in the afternoon of December 15, and arrived in Entebbe (Uganda) in the early hours of December 16.

For logistical reasons, it was decided to fly into Uganda from where the cargo is now being transported by trucks to South Sudan.

The country’s humanitarian crisis is a culmination of years of civil war compounded by famine and disease. The supplies are now being trucked to their final destination.

Panalpina’s Charter Network arranged the flight in support of the respected UN organization.

The consignment of relief aid left Belgium on Friday afternoon and items such as tents, water pumps, sterilization kits and medication to fight infectious diseases, supplied by UNICEF, are now headed for families in dire need of help.

“The children of South Sudan are suffering greatly because of over four years of conflict,” says Elsbeth Mueller, executive director of the Swiss committee for UNICEF.

“Our mission is to provide life-saving medical supplies and much-needed equipment to help them, and we are very grateful that Panalpina has once again donated the transportation of the goods.”

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