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DC (June 30, 2016) — 4.8 million people in South Sudan – more
than a third of the country’s population – will face severe food shortages over
the coming months, amid a looming hunger crisis threatening large parts of the
country, Save the Children warns today.
The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) update released today by the Government of
South Sudan, agencies and humanitarian partners, projects that 4.8 million
people will be in need of urgent food and nutrition assistance in July, up half
a million from 4.3 million in April.
is the highest level of hunger the country has seen since the onset of conflict
in December 2013. We have witnessed a more than three-fold increase in the
number of severely malnourished children being admitted to our Out Patient
Therapeutic (OPT) feeding programs,” warns Peter Walsh, Save the Children’s
Country Director in South Sudan.
spreading of conflict to areas that were peaceful even during the height of the
conflict, coupled with a delayed rainy season, rising food prices, impassable
roads and dysfunctional markets are all preventing families from accessing food
and causing immense suffering for the people of South Sudan.”
food insecurity and conflict are also forcing many families over the borders
into neighboring countries.
the last few months alone, an estimated 100,000 South Sudanese people have
crossed into Sudan, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, with
the number set to increase to more than 150,000 by the beginning of July,” said
we are seeing right now is a grim sign of what is to come in the next few
months. If the funding to avert hunger in South Sudan is not prioritized,
hunger will become a death sentence for children in the world’s youngest
nation, a situation completely unacceptable on our watch.” Mr. Walsh has warned.
the Children currently supports the highest number of OPTs in the country. With
the spike in the sheer number of malnutrition cases among children, pregnant
and lactating mothers, there is dire need to further scale-up in areas that have
not yet been reached due to challenges in resources and access constraints.
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