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Food Aid Arrives in South Sudan

Content by: South-South News

2 March 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The United Nations has started distributing food aid to people in the famine-affected parts of South Sudan, where an estimated 100,000 people are already starving. According to the latest report from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification, famine is currently affecting parts of Unity State in the northern central part of the country.

The famine is being attributed to armed conflict, displacement, a missed cropping season and livestock raiding.

Humanitarian organizations are urgently appealing for funding to respond to the escalating crisis, with $1.6 billion required to provide life-saving assistance and protection to some 5.8 million people across South Sudan in 2017.

Another problem for the humanitarian organizations is the lack of security for its staff to distribute the aid. Joyce Luma, the Country Director for the World Food Program, said, “Both the government officials and opposition leaders in this location are committed now to ensuring that peace is sustained and based on that discussion, we have agreed that what has prevented us from responding in this location in the past is because of fighting and insecurity.” She added, “We need to have safety and security in this location before we come back to do a distribution as we are going to do now but more important to be able to establish much longer term activities.”

According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), insecurity and lack of access have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared on February 20, and a further one million are on the brink of famine. By the height of the lean season in July, it is expected that some 5.5 million people will be severely food insecure across the country.

OCHA said that since December 2013, about 3.4 million people have been displaced, including nearly 1.9 million people who have been internally displaced and about 1.5 million who have fled to neighboring countries.

 

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