South Sudan is facing the prospect of another severe food crisis. As the country enters its lean season, where very little is harvested and food prices rocket, hundreds of thousands of people face starvation. Tearfund staff and partners are there bringing relief to those in most need.
Famine was last officially declared in South Sudan in February 2017, with conflict a major cause.
The latest reports say 6.96 million people (61 per cent of the population) are now in urgent need of help. This is the highest number of people in South Sudan ever to face this level of crisis. Among these people, an estimated 21,000 will be facing famine conditions by the end of July.
‘South Sudan is once again facing a very critical situation,’ says Martin Ruppenthal, Tearfund’s Country Director for South Sudan. ‘That’s why it’s so important that we’re working with our partner organisations to tackle malnutrition.
‘Without food and nutritional support for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, children, and people with disabilities, starvation becomes a deadly reality.’