7.7m Facing Food Crisis in South Sudan

The United Nations (UN) reported that extreme weather conditions and an increase in armed violence have pushed more than 7.7 million people in South Sudan to the brink of starvation.

According to a joint assessment by the UN and the South Sudan government, the communities most affected by food shortages are found in Ekta, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Warap, and the eastern equatorial states.

Despite the signing of a peace pact in 2018 that concluded a five-year civil war and the formation of a unity government two years ago, conflicts have continued due to differences between Keir and Machar’s opposing forces about how they would share power within the country.

Sara Baisolo Nyanti, the UN humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan said that “The situation we have in South Sudan will continue if we don’t start that transition to ensure peace at the community level.” 

Nyanti conducted 2 briefings in Geneva last April 1 to discuss the current situation in South Sudan. 

The UN also launched an international appeal to gather $1.7 billion in aid in order to offer assistance to millions of people in South Sudan. 

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