Nyal, South Sudan, was once a quiet town known for its mango and palm trees. Two years of extended fighting in the surrounding areas, however, has forced thousands of people to seek refuge in the town and the islands surrounding it. Many of those who have found refuge in Nyal, including women and children, must regularly walk long distances alone in search of aid and food. Even then, food is scarce. Famine has been declared in South Sudan. Oxfam provides assistance to displaced people and the communities that host them in and around Nyal, both on the mainland and on remote islands. With support from Irish Aid, Oxfam is able to offer a free canoe transportation program to those people who need to journey to Nyal for food distribution or medical treatment.