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2.7 million South Sudanese need food aid in 2012


December 15, 2011 (JUBA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday said it is seeking US$92 million to feed over 2.7 million people in need of food aid in South Sudan.

South Sudan food aid, Juba, January 2011 (BBC)

In a statement released on Thursday, the UN food agency attributed the food shortage to crop failures and violence.

Although blessed with natural resources, South Sudan is struggling to build institutions, end tribal and rebel violence and overcome an economic crisis. It imports much of its food from the neighbouring countries including Sudan, but trade across the border has been disrupted.

Also the WFP is estimated that 400,000 people displaced by conflict in Sudan are also putting pressure on South Sudan, where some are seeking refuge.

The agency further underlined that unreliable rains have also caused food prices to spiral upwards in recent months.

"A gathering storm of hunger is approaching South Sudan, caused by crop failure and market disruption," WFP country director Chris Nikoi said in a statement.

Resources are also being stretched an influx of 350,000 South Sudanese returning home following independence in July.

WFP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation estimate that South Sudan will have a shortfall of 400,000 metric tons of food in 2012.

Inflation climbed to 78.8 percent in November in the country of 8.3 million people.
"Food prices have already doubled or tripled in some areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to malnutrition at a key developmental stage of their young lives," Nikoi said.

Relations between Juba and Khartoum have soured in recent weeks as talks over post-independence issues such as oil, debt; arrears, disputed areas and transitional financial assistance have broken down.

Both Juba and Khartoum regularly trade accusations and denials of supporting insurgencies in each other’s country.

Conflict, growing insecurity, including the laying of land mines by rebel groups, and poor road infrastructure are hindering access for humanitarian operations, WFP added.


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  • 16 December 2011 10:16, by Logic

    God Help S. Sudan’s people, dealing with a non experienced government, refugees from N. Sudan and unnecessary violence.

    On top of all the pressures, a racist bigoted regime in the north which is intransigent on all fronts.

    March forward SRF and help ease the pain of the great & proud Sudanese people.

    • 16 December 2011 20:18, by mohammed ali

      Logi,it is just amazing that you believe your own lies!Refugees from Sudan! There are more than 1 millionn southerners living in Sudan and not willing to go back home!Thousands are crossing the borders searching for food and security!If you want $92 millions just join Helda Jones call for the 13 ministers, thugs to repatriate the stolen money of the innocent, poor and starving human ..con

      • 16 December 2011 20:27, by mohammed ali

        .beings.Only one thug could repatriate that money.If you loote $ 3.3 billions,90 millions is nothing!If you care about Africans as you claim stop defending corruption and blaming jallaba.For over 6 years you are alone with plenty of money,yet not capable to satisfy your poor marginalized people very basic and simple needs.Let your thugs bring their families back home and live like ordinary people.

  • 16 December 2011 10:18, by Sam.Eto



    2.7 !! What was the population of S. Sudan ???

    I hope the big americans feed these people before they steal you oil.

  • 16 December 2011 10:39, by Mach

    1983-2005: Justice for my people or I will die, said Dr Garang and he did (Dinka).

    1991-TBA: I am too lazy to follow Garang to end, all Nuer must be rebels to our freedom and be slaves to Arabs if we can,said Machar and he did (Mighty-Nuer).

    1983-2005: Equatoria said, No, we are citizens of Uganda

    2011-TBA: UN,The South is heading to no where! 2.7 million South Sudanese need food aid in 2012

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