Ten facts you should know about this growing humanitarian crisis.
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The people of Leer County are amongst those worst affected by South Sudan’s food crisis. Conflict has forced many to flee their homes. People are surviving on whatever they can forage from the swamps where they have sought refuge. Their county is one of two in which famine has been declared.
A total of 20 million people in east Africa are now at risk of starvation. Famine has been declared in South Sudan and is increasingly likely in Somalia; both Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing severe food shortages. Concern teams are on the ground in all four countries delivering critical emergency support.
Famine has been formally declared in two regions of South Sudan – the first classification of its kind in six years. According to UNICEF and WFP, 100,000 people are facing starvation and a further one million people are on the brink of famine.
Just days after famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, the UN has also called for immediate action to prevent famine occurring in Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen. Concern's Regional Director for the Horn of Africa, Feargal O’Connell, urges the international community to respond.
Almost every day we hear reports of families fleeing their homes in an attempt to escape conflict and brutality. Each report begins to merge with the next, until stories start to lose meaning and blur into faceless statistics. But it's important to remember that there are real people behind these numbers - here are some of their stories.
In the context of continued conflict and a looming food crisis, mere survival is challenging for many in South Sudan. On a recent trip to the world’s newest nation, Concern’s Kieran McConville spoke to mother of four, Atuil Chok, about her struggle to feed her young family.
The world’s youngest nation, besieged by conflict, is in the grips of its worst hunger crisis in years.
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A serious humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the world’s youngest nation – beyond the glare of the international media spotlight. Concern is working to hold back the tide in a remote, forgotten region.