Since 2013, over two million people have been forced to flee South Sudan to escape a brutal civil conflict. Concern is providing nutrition support to refugees in the Gambella region of Ethiopia.
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Despite a famine declaration being recently lifted, the food crisis in South Sudan is affecting more people than ever with the number of people facing the risk of starvation rising by an average of 9,200 a day. As the world’s youngest country approaches its sixth year of independence, we shed light on a nation falling deeper into a devastating food crisis.
Persistent conflict and political unrest has forced almost two million people to flee South Sudan. Meyriam, a locality in the Republic of Sudan close to the South Sudanese border, is hosting almost 20,000 refugees. With support from ECHO and Irish Aid, Concern is there providing emergency assistance and helping families to meet their basic needs.
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.