According to a recent UN report, the civil war in South Sudan has reached “catastrophic proportions”.
This has resulted in tens of thousands people killed, 3.25 million displaced, disrupted farming, cattle and aid looting, blocking of aid, destruction of crops and water supplies, unsafe wild food gathering and nationwide economic collapse.
Famine has been formally declared in two counties in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 100,000 people (20,000 children) and threatening to affect a further one million people in the coming months.
An estimated 3.8 million South Sudanese are currently facing food crisis and this is expected to rise to 5.5 million (50% population) in the lean season (May – July 2017).
THIS WAR MUST STOP and urgent food aid must be given to already malnourished children and families, before it is too late.
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South Sudan no longer officially has areas in famine however almost two million people are on the brink of starvation and six million are facing acute hunger. Coupled with drought, the ongoing conflict increased inflation, devalued the currency and made food unaffordable to the general population.
Masses fled to UN Camps and rural areas for safety and help, which caused overcrowding and heavy reliance on Food AID and any wild foods found (including leaves). Farms (crops & livestock) were difficult to maintain during the fighting and many farms were looted and/or destroyed.
DOHA is supporting the following initiatives:
In May 2017, a truck filled with 4 1/2 tonnes of emergency relief food (maize, flour, beans, oil & sugar) travelled from Uganda to Juba. This aid has been distributed to 500 families in Juba, which were considered the most vulnerable (pregnant & lactating women, elderly and children).