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Hunger kills two in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state: official

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People in conflict-affected areas of South Sudan collect food from WFP (WFP/eter Testuzza Photo)
February 7, 2017 (JUBA) – At least two people have died as a result of hunger in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state, officials have said.

The incident, which reportedly occurred in Kapeota region, reflects the food security challenges facing the world’s youngest nation.

Kapoeta state governor, Louis Lobong, said thousands of people have fled due to food insecurity to Uganda, amidst fear some die before reaching their destinations.

"Two women died in the way to Uganda. They were fleeing hunger in the state," Lobong said on Tuesday.

He accused humanitarian organisations of neglecting the plight of the local communities who were starving.

“The pastoral communities have gone far, crossing over to either the neighboring states or the neighboring countries because they are vulnerable, hungry, and weak. We have never seen any humanitarian agency that is coming in for any help,” Lobong told Eye Radio.

He said no food deliveries or assessment by international and local organisations have been conducted by Tuesday, repeating his request for "urgent assistance."

In a related development, Tonj state’s deputy governor, Manhiem Bol said souring market commodities have spoilt the purchasing power of poor people, blaming poor harvest in 2016 farming season for the food gap.

"There is an alarming hunger situation across the state because of crops failure during the last farming season,” said Bol, calling for immediate humanitarian assistance.

"I am appealing to humanitarian organizations to also look at the issues to do with humanitarian problems in South Sudan and in Tonj in particular," he added.

The conflict that broke out in mid-December 2013 has uprooted more than two million people from their homes, forcing one million South Sudanese across borders into neighbouring nations.

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  • 8 February 2017 06:42, by Freedom Advocate

    You must be ashamed to say people died of hunger.
    The only thing to do is to organize yourself and topple this toothless govt of JCE and the ordinary citizen of this country will be free from hunger!
    Idiots!

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    • 8 February 2017 07:05, by Akuma

      Freedom Advocate,

      Stop hate speech and warmongers and embrace peace in South Sudan. There is no JCE gov’t in South Sudan and what is there now is TGNU comprises of all tribes of South Sudan. Bring peace into South Sudan will be solution to stop many people not to die of hunger again in South Sudan. Let embrace peace for our future generations

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      • 8 February 2017 19:00, by nuer food lovers

        The country being run and rule by the two primitive and treacherous being supported by foolish majority..

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    • 9 February 2017 16:35, by Midit Mitot

      Take their dead bodies to STD and Kiir to see them and to prove failure in the country.

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  • 8 February 2017 06:48, by Juba Lira

    this is a bad news, many in south Sudan needs Ranks, it is the result of insecurity in the area because some boys need conflict and then to be called by government and give them Ranks, Ranks, Ranks, ranks, Ranks, Ranks Rank, Ranks, Ranks, Ranks, Ranks,

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