South Sudan: more than 60% of the population facing a food crisis


According to a UN and government report, climatic shocks (floods and droughts) and population displacements contribute to aggravate food insecurity, as do armed clashes in the regions.

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A majority of people in South Sudan face food insecurity. More than 7.7 million South Sudanese, or about 63% of the population, will face a food crisis situation by July, the government and the United Nations warned on Saturday April 9.

This figure represents an increase of 7% compared to the same period from April to July last year, which corresponds to the dry season.

According to the joint UN and government report, climatic shocks (floods and droughts) and population displacements contribute to aggravate food insecurity, as well as armed clashes in the regions.

“We will continue to have the situation that we have in South Sudan if we do not start by (…) ensuring peace at the local level”warned Sara Beysolow Nyanti, in charge of UN humanitarian coordination in South Sudan, referring to the “sub-national violence”.

“Until the conflict is resolved we will continue to see these numbers increase because it means people don’t have secure access to their land to farm.”

Adeyinka Badejo, Acting Director of the World Food Program in South Sudan

at AFP

On Friday, fresh fighting erupted in Unity State between armed forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and others loyal to his Vice President Riek Machar. The two leaders, former enemies, agreed to work to maintain peace and establish a unified command of the armed forces. It is one of many unimplemented terms of the peace accord they signed in 2018, to end five years of a deadly civil war.



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