Friday, July 01, 2022

Starvation in South Sudan

 The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said it had suspended rationing programmes in South Sudan due to a lack of funding. In June, the body said it needed $426m (£352m) to continue distributing food. But that aid has not been forthcoming as the international community has focussed on other crises such as Ukraine. WFP officials confirmed that it had ceased distributing rations to the country last week, adding that more than 60% of the population of 11 million now faced starvation. On 14 June, the body said that it had "exhausted all options before suspending food assistance, including halving rations in 2021, leaving families in need with less food to eat".

Sami Al Subaihi, a Médecins Sans Frontières worker, explained that more than 20,000 people living at displacement camps were at risk of starvation. Already hehas witnessed two children and an adult dying of starvation in a displacement camp in the northern Warrap state.

South Sudan: Thousands facing starvation as food aid cuts hit - BBC News

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