AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN -Food crisis heightens following fresh outbreak of civil war

Monday, 25 July 2016 hunger  


Juba (Agenzia Fides) – The food crisis in South Sudan has worsened with the new outbreak of civil war . For thousands of people fleeing their homes and the many who stay behind, food is the main priority. Since the civil war resumed two thousand children at St. Kizito school in a Juba, 600 families supported at a distance in Eastern Equatoria and 100 pupils at Bahrge technical school in the Lakes State, have no regular meals.
AVSI, a Milan based NGO started in 1972 which has 107 development cooperation programmes in 30 different countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia, has launched a new campaign to acquire and supply cereals, flour, oil and clean water. For safety reasons AVSI had to suspend its activity in offices Juba and Eastern Equatoria, but it continues to guarantee food assistance to children adopted at a distance and local school children.
An AVSI report sent to Fides, says that in Lakes State where the situation is less dangerous, they are doing all they can to keep the schools open until the end of term. St. Kizito primary school with more than 2,000 children in the Munuki district In Juba, one of the worst affected, has had to close.
(AP) (25/7/2016 Agenzia Fides)