AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - State of emergency declared in Unity State: 100,000 people at risk of hunger

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Juba (Agenzia Fides) - More than 100,000 people are at risk of hunger in Unity State, in the region of the Upper Nile, South Sudan. The state of food emergency has been declared by the government in Juba and United Nations specialized agencies: FAO, Children Fund, UNICEF and World Food Programme. The cause of the famine is attributed "to the war and the collapse of the economy". The formal declaration of famine means that people have already begun to starve.
In recent days the hunger alarm had been launched for Amadi State (see Fides 16/02/2017) and Doctors with Africa Cuamm ascertained at least 300 cases of cholera in Yirol East counties and Awerial (see Fides 20/02/2017). According to the UN if the civil war continues, preventing the arrival of humanitarian aid in South Sudan, over 5 and a half million people will suffer from hunger by July. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 21/02/2017)