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Nearly half of S. Sudan’s population need food assistance: report

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February 27, 2018 (JUBA) - More than 5 million people in South Sudan urgently need food assistance, the global humanitarian organization, CARE warned on Monday.

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Thousands of civilians fleeing violence seek shelter at a UN compound in Jonglei state capital, Bor (Photo: UNMISS/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos)

The warning comes after three United Nations agencies warned that 7 million people in South Sudan risk facing severe food insecurity in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access to those in need.

Particularly at risk, it said, are 155,000 people, including 29,000 children, who are likely to suffer from the most extreme levels of hunger.

Last month, 5.3 million people were already struggling to find enough food each day and were in “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3 and 4), the newly-released Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report stated.

Jointly issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the new report warned that progress made to prevent people from dying of hunger could be undone, and more people could be pushed into severe hunger and famine-like conditions during May-July if assistance and access are not made.

“What we’re witnessing is beyond human imagination. We’ve seen the hunger in South Sudan get worse every year, and every year agencies like CARE do their best to respond,” says Rosalind Crowther, CARE’s country director in South Sudan.

“But the needs keep growing and we’re seeing more hunger in more places. We’re especially seeing a significant increase in malnutrition among children in communities where CARE is working," added the official.

Since last year, the country has witnessed escalating conflict, which has forced many South Sudanese to flee their homes. Many farmers have abandoned their fields for the same reason. It is projected that South Sudan will have a deficit of estimated cereal needs in 2018 measuring 482,000 metric tons.

So far, CARE said it has distributed more than $13 million in food assistance to more than 500,000 people in Unity, Jonglei, Upper Nile and Eastern Equatorial states in the past 12 months. Still, this remains a drop in a relentlessly expanding ocean.

“Our resources are stretched,” says Crowther. “There’s an urgent need for donors and the humanitarian community to step up our assistance so we can reach more people. If we don’t, the repercussions could be catastrophic.”

Since the conflict began in December 2013, more than 4 million South Sudanese have fled their homes. Nearly 90 percent of the forcibly displaced are women and children and nearly 65 percent are under 18. Also, more than 2 million have sought refuge in neighboring countries, but nearly the same number of people remain in South Sudan, living in host communities or Protection of Civilian (PoCs) sites.

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  • 28 February 09:50, by Kenyang ll

    Some of UN agents who fly from one IDPs camp to another are exaggerating the situation. They want to raise billions of dollars which they only waste on luxury salaries, cars, hotels and vulnerable women. Shame.

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    • 28 February 10:03, by Midit Mitot

      That may be true to raise the fund for their own benefit but, how would we denny this while each an everyone knows this fake govement is to terrorrizing civilians?

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    • 28 February 11:27, by Na A Lo Yei

      Kenyang II

      You definitely sound like an idiot Jienge who just talk nonsense uneducated fool. Your criminal chief and the Jienge council of Assholes are the reason why our ppl are displaced. Talking about luxury, where is the oil revenue? if wasn’t all looted by your kind the thieves, farting all day in hotels in Juba, Nairobi, Kampala just to name a few. Useless bastards
      Lujute

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      • 28 February 14:19, by Kenyang ll

        Na A Lo Yei,
        I saw an emotional, crying little goat not educated candid. If that’s all you, another educated garbage, you should then be displaced for life.

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    • 28 February 16:03, by lino

      Leave alone the camps! In street of Juba, there are people who are struggling to eat 1 meal a day. Why the Government struggling to pay even salaries to civil servants so they can feed themselves!!! Let the government distribute foods for civilians who are in their territories; then we can talk rubbishy!!!

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  • 28 February 11:00, by Lenin Bull

    Some clever folks are using South Sudanese people to con donors of their money. Even when donors gave their money last year 2017 with fake stories of famine in South Sudan, no food was distributed except some usual sorghum rations to IDPs in POC and the population of these IDPs is 200,000 persons, not 7 millions as was appealed to donors!! We are screwed folks! Let us stop the war among ourselves.

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  • 28 February 11:05, by Lenin Bull

    UNHCR country representative in Uganda was fired last two weeks for faking it that South Sudanese refugees are more than 1 million when in fact they are less than 500,000 individuals. UNHCR and its government counter part in Uganda the Ministry of Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs received the money from donors and misappropriated it immediately. Now they are in trouble in Uganda.

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  • 28 February 12:02, by Lenin Bull

    Anyway, the good thing is that our people from Equatoria especially Yei, Kajokeji, Parajok, and Kaya are going back home. They are fed up with humiliations being meted on South Sudanese refugees in Refugee Camps in Uganda.

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  • 28 February 13:02, by quiz

    LENNUL OR whatever call yourself,

    Are you trying to tell us Economic is booming like useless Minister of petroleum ? U R 1 among hopeless youths who are licking mental retarded politician ashes in S.S. Defending this useless gov.t ,ill not help us.

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  • 1 March 07:24, by Lenin Bull

    Quiz, the economy is not booming neither is it bad. What I’m saying is that thieves and con men have swarmed South Sudan from all over the world as a way of using South Sudan to get money whether through engineering of civil wars, tribal hatred/fight, and fake stories of this and that ugly thing to get funding. Quiz let us be mature and intelligent to know where we are being misused folks!!

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  • 1 March 07:31, by Lenin Bull

    See these fake stories by UN:
    Adam Dieng’s fake stories of genocide occurring in Yei in 2016 which did not happen and will not happen, UN fake story of famine in South Sudan in 2017 where 7 million were going to die of hunger which never occurred though UN got money which it never disclosed afterwards, and now 40 fake/ghost list again!! Wonders will never end in South Sudan!!

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  • 1 March 07:35, by Lenin Bull

    UN faked it in 2017 that there were 1 million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. It has been discovered late last year 2017 that South Sudanese refugees are less than 500,000 individuals, and the same UN which inflated the refugee figures misappropriated the money immediately as soon as it landed in their hands. Now they are in trouble with donors in Uganda and Head of UNHCR has been dismissed.

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    • 1 March 08:26, by Kenyang ll

      Lenin Bull,
      Thank you for clarifications. None of us is in any position to deny enormous sufferings ongoing in South Sudan but there is fine line btw honesty and disingenuous. We urgently need our house in order and get rid of foreigners once and for all.

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