Tuesday, July 12, 2022

South Sudan is Suffering

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South Sudan continues to face deteriorating humanitarian conditions. These have been exacerbated by endemic violence, access constraints, public health challenges such as the effects of cholera, COVID-19, and climatic shocks from flooding and localized drought. The humanitarian situation in South Sudan has worsened.

Statistics indicate that 7.7 million people are classified in Crisis or worse, 3 million at Emergency, and 87,000 in the worst level of food insecurity classification, Catastrophic.

An estimated 2 million people including 1.3 million children under the age of 5 and 676,000 pregnant and lactating women are expected to be at risk of acute malnutrition. 

Continued intercommunal conflict and violence coupled with flooding have resulted in large-scale displacement. In 2021, 2 million people were internally displaced; 55% of whom are females.

While humanitarian needs have grown, funding has shrunk.  Due to the critical funding shortages, almost one-third of the acute food-insecure South Sudanese will be left without humanitarian food assistance heightening the risk of starvation. Humanitarian assistance is one of the only mechanisms keeping thousands of people from succumbing to the worst outcomes: malnutrition and death.

Humanitarian Funding Cuts Affect Millions in South Sudan as the Country Marks 11 Years of Independence - South Sudan | ReliefWeb

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