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Urgent action needed to prevent famine in S. Sudan: Oxfam

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May 28, 2018 (JUBA) – The British charity, Oxfam, has called for urgent action to prevent millions of people hit by famine in war-torn South Sudan.

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An aerial view of a UN camp for internally displaced people in South Sudan’s capital, Juba (ST)

Oxfam’s warning follows last week’s report from the Famine Early Warning Network (FEWSNET), which said a fifth of households in Pibor county could already be classed as hitting famine levels of hunger.

Four years of conflict, the reported noted, have depleted food stocks and severely weakened the ability of communities across the country to withstand shocks.

Pibor, which sits in Boma state of South Sudan, has also seen food availability plummet after pests and flooding destroyed harvests.

Boma has frequent and violent cattle raids with neighbouring states.

As the rainy season sets in, however, much of the food people depend on has to be flown from Juba, making it unaffordable for many.

South Sudan was hit by a severe hunger crisis in 2017 with Leer and Mayendit declared in famine. Massive aid efforts helped save lives and avert an even greater crisis but with a last year’s poor harvest and this year’s not due at least until July, South Sudan is facing catastrophe again.

“Waiting for a formal declaration of famine is not good enough. People are already starving and desperate. A woman in Pibor said that her family have resorted to cooking grasses and weeds that are making them sick – but that they have no choice if they want to survive,” said Nicolo Di Marzo, Oxfam’s acting South Sudan director.

“Aid efforts have so far kept famine at bay, but the need is growing at such an alarming rate that Oxfam and other aid organisations are struggling to keep up. We are seeing similarly worrying trends across the country. This is not an isolated problem. Urgent action is needed now to save lives in Pibor and across South Sudan,” he added.

Oxfam said it has deployed emergency response teams to support nutrition centres across Pibor, providing clean water and soap, and working closely with communities to help avoid water-borne diseases like cholera and diarrhoea which can be major killers when people are malnourished.

The latest round of peace talks in Addis Ababa failed to bring an agreement to end four years of the civil war, amid fears any continuation of the conflict will mean more people driven from their lands, more people unable to make a living and more people going hungry.

“Without peace hunger will continue to haunt South Sudan,” Di Marzo.

The regional and wider international community must throw their weight into reinvigorating and redoubling diplomatic action to bring peace to South Sudan, in addition to humanitarian support, Oxfam said.

(ST)

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  • 29 May 10:35, by Lenin Bull

    Welle! No famine in South Sudan. The rain has now come and our people are busy cultivating. This is not famine/hunger in South Sudan. OXFAM may is in need of more money/dollars and want to use our images/people/country as begging bowel. Good luck OXFAM in your cunning strategy to get money from donors.

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    • 29 May 13:34, by ThaGoblin

      Lenin
      yes you’re right this might be another scheme to make money. But you dont seem to understand that a ton of IDPs have no land, seeds or tools to even start cultivating land. any crop takes atleast a month to grow, wheres the reserve to depend on untill that time? UN Aid? Remember anyone who didnt manage to start farming is gonna be helpless since the rains make any significant transport usele

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  • 29 May 10:40, by Lenin Bull

    Why use old photos of IDPs in POC Juba as a proof of famine? where are the actual photos of people suffering from famine from which locations in South Sudan?

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