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The UN World Food Programme suspends aid to South Sudan

Approximately 1.7 million people in South Sudan face severe starvation after the UN’s World Food Programme suspends its food aid in some parts of the country.

On Tuesday, the UN agency World Food Programme (WFP) announced that 1.7 million people in South Sudan are at risk of food shortage due to insufficient funds alongside an increase in humanitarian needs.

The agency planned to provide food provisions to 6.2 million people affected by drought, internal conflicts, and the continuing war between Russia and Ukraine that has affected food supplies and world economies.

The Acting Country Director of the World Food Programme in South Sudan said, ‘humanitarian needs are far exceeding the funding we have received this year. If this continues, we will face bigger and more costly problems in the future, including increased mortality, malnutrition, stunting, and disease.’

Children and women will be most affected in the coming days as hunger cases rise.

According to the United Nations Population Fund, (UNFPA) over 60% of South Sudan’s population is facing severe hunger and are unable to purchase food products due to the high commodity prices.

In some areas, school going children depend on the daily provision of meals by the UN. With the assistance reduction, approximately 178,000 children will not receive these meals.

This will impact the education of thousands as more will be unable to attend classes and continue with their education.

According to a recent report by WFP and FAO, South Sudan is among the countries listed as having an immediate risk of starvation or death due to food insecurity, which puts approximately 750,000 people in each country at high hunger risk.

The drought that has grappled some parts of the country is causing animal deaths and malnutrition for thousands of children. Farmers depending on agriculture to feed in the affected areas are left without produce, making various communities face severe hunger.

Last year, more than one million people were displaced from their homes in different parts of the country and had to depend on camps created by the UN. South Sudan has been experiencing flooding for four years, making the land unusable for agriculture or settlement.

It is estimated that 65% of the total displaced population are children who are struggling to settle in education. Efforts from international organisations and the government seem unable to control the situation.

Nevertheless, we hope the country gets the support it needs to combat the situation at hand.


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