UN: Escalating food crisis in South Sudan

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The UN food security agency fears more than 5.5 million people in South Sudan could face hunger in 2020.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned of an escalating humanitarian crisis, reporting that it faces a “race against time” to secure vital funds to deliver food aid to vulnerable people.

WFP warns of South Sudan crisis

“South Sudan is in trouble, serious trouble. Not just because of the conflict but because of the rains and the flooding that has hit in the last few months. It is much worse than we had anticipated”, said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.

“In fact, if we don’t get $100 million in the next few weeks…we are literally talking about famine in the next few months.”

WFP says it needs $100 million to buy and pre-position food stocks ahead of the rainy season in May and will need $270 million for the first half of 2020.

Featured image: By Steve Evans – Flickr: South Sudan 009, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15877644

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.