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South Sudan Famine: Tearfund responds

The UN has today formally declared a famine in parts of South Sudan, the world’s newest country, and the situation is set to worsen as food stocks become depleted. More than three years of conflict combined with the continued devaluation of the South Sudanese Pound, acute malnutrition, difficulties in transporting aid, and below average harvests, have brought about this scenario.

20 Feb 2017

The UN has today formally declared a famine in parts of South Sudan, the world’s newest country, and the situation is set to worsen as food stocks become depleted.

More than three years of conflict combined with the continued devaluation of the South Sudanese Pound, acute malnutrition, difficulties in transporting aid, and below average harvests, have brought about this scenario.

Donald Mavunduse, Tearfund’s head of Eastern and Southern Africa, says: ‘This is a desperate situation for South Sudan to be facing and we are worried that it is only going to get worse in the coming months with famine spreading more widely. Already, 4.9m people, more than 40 per cent of the population, are in need of urgent food, clean water and nutrition assistance. Inflation has rocketed to between 800 and 900%, so buying food has become impossible for ordinary people, and there is little sign of the conflict coming to an end.’

In Motot, Jonglei State, Tearfund is providing children and pregnant and lactating mothers with treatment for malnutrition, along with nutrition and hygiene education, whilst providing boreholes along with training in safe water use. In addition, Tearfund is providing food assistance to displaced people in the capital Juba.

Within South Sudan’s borders there are 1.89m displaced people, and a further 1.5m have crossed borders into Ethiopia and Uganda.

Find out more or donate to Tearfund’s work in South Sudan.

Spokesperson:

To interview Donald Mavunduse, Tearfund’s Head of East and Southern Africa, please call Sarah Greenwood on 07423 431417.

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