more than 60% of the population is confronted with a food crisis

According to a report by the UN and the government, climate shocks (floods and droughts) and population displacements contribute to increased food insecurity, as well as armed clashes in the regions.

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A majority of people in South Sudan suffer from food insecurity. More than 7.7 million South Sudanese, or about 63% of the population, will face a food crisis by July, the government and the United Nations warned on Saturday, April 9.

This figure represents an increase of 7% compared to the same period from April to July last year, which corresponds to the dry season.

According to the joint UN/Government report, climate shocks (floods and droughts) and population displacement are contributing to increased food insecurity, as are armed clashes in the regions.

“We will continue to have the situation we have in South Sudan if we don’t start by (…) ensuring peace at the local level”warned Sara Beysolow Nyanti, in charge of UN humanitarian coordination in South Sudan, referring to the “subnational violence”

“Until the conflict is resolved, we will continue to see these numbers increase because it means people don’t have safe access to their land to farm.”

Adeyinka Badejo, Acting Director of the World Food Program in South Sudan

at AFP

New fighting broke out in Unity State on Friday between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and others loyal to his Vice President Riek Machar. The two leaders, former enemies, agreed to work to maintain the peace and establish a unified command of the armed forces. It is one of the many unexecuted terms of the peace agreement they signed in 2018, to end five years of a deadly civil war.

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