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More than half South Sudanese face severe food insecurity


A South Sudanese mother feeds her baby in Aweil, South Sudan, January 2018 (FAO photo)
February 20, 2020, Juba - About 6.5 million South Sudanese are facing severe food shortage said three UN organisations ahead of the formation of the revitalized transitional government.

Some 6.5 m people representing more than half of the population “could be in acute food insecurity at the height of this hunger season (May-July), three United Nations agencies warned today,” said the FAO, UNICEF and WFP and the South Sudanese government in a joint report on Thursday.

“The situation is particularly worrying in the areas hardest hit by the 2019 floods, where food security has deteriorated significantly since last June,” said the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report.

“Particularly at risk are 20,000 people who from February through April will be suffering from the most extreme levels of hunger (...) in Akobo, Duk and Ayod counties that were hit by heavy rains last year,” they further stressed.

Between now and July, the food insecurity will progressively hit Jonglei, Upper Nile, Warrap and Northern Bar el-Ghazal, with over 1.7 million people facing an "emergency" level of food insecurity due to the floods.

In January 2020, 5.3 million South Sudanese were already facing difficulties to feed themselves., according to the report.

Meshack Malo, FAO Representative in South Sudan said the Desert Locust swarms represent a new threat to the flood-affected country despite some improvements in food production.

“It is important that we maintain and scale up our support to the people of South Sudan so they can resume or improve their livelihoods and food production, and boost the government’s capacity to respond to the locust outbreak," said Malo.

For his part, Matthew Hollingworth, WFP’s Country Director in South Sudan underscored that the floods also contributed to the current insecurity in the country.

"Any kind of improvement which had been made was counter-balanced by the floods at the end of 2019, particularly for the hardest to reach communities,” he pointed.

The UN agencies noted that the end of violence after the signing the revitalized peace pate in September 2018 led to some improvements in the overall food security situation.

They projected that the upcoming lean season would be slightly less severe compared to last year when 6.9 million people faced severe food shortage in many areas.

However, the three international organizations estimate that 1.3 million children will suffer from acute malnutrition this year.


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  • 21 February 07:17, by Midit Mitot

    Peace has come home so, food will be provided to all vulnerable.

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    • 21 February 19:49, by Langbaar

      "Peace has come home so, food will be provided to all vulnerable."
      Midit Mitot, Where is that food to be provided to ’vulnerable people’ going to come from? I guess according to you fellows twisted world view, your ’gat Machar’ would come and provides you with free handout food to those hungry people? There you go! However you lowly informed piece of works are always told that there are no free>>>

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      • 21 February 19:57, by Langbaar

        things on this planet earth, you would never listen. All what our ’Nuer ke nyantoc’ low lives do is to cramp themselves into these filthy so-called UN POCs in Juba, Bentiu, Malakal, Akoba and Aburoc and cross their fold their legs and crossed their arms and complaint day and night about lack of enough food, misuse of resources, corruptions, Salva Kiir and Jaangs/Dinkas these and that. While doing>

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        • 21 February 20:04, by Langbaar

          nothing to help their sorry selves. I would guess that you low lives would want other countries, the UN and the NGOs to yet again provide you with free stuff like after the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) between South Sudan and North Sudan. When many South Sudanese were repatriated from neighboring countries and were provided by the UN and the NGOs?>>>>

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          • 21 February 20:16, by Langbaar

            ’Our Nuer Ke nyantoc’ are a big embarrassment to humanity. I for one, I hate to tell you this Mr. Midit Mitot, my direct uncle married a Nuer woman from Gaweer, we had I never had a good term with her family since 2014, however her children as just my cousins. She is a hardworking mother and her children are just hardworking children like everybody else.>>>

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            • 21 February 20:25, by Langbaar

              But when I see what his Nuer low lives did here in 1991 and 2013-2014 did here in Bor, I see the devil side of ’our Nuer ke nyantoc community’. When we bombed the Nuers so-called Jesh mabior (white army) out of Bor in 2014, we killed them like they are not anything. And that was precisely the anger the Nuers always create against others even when you have no interest in childish behavior.>>>

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              • 21 February 20:30, by Langbaar

                Some of our low lives are just ’yabbering and celebrating’ about returning to 10 states?!!! Good luck with that fellows. I would be damned if the lawless ’Nuers ke nyantoc’ would be allowed back to Jonglei or Malakal with their lawlessness as far as we are concerned. 32 plus Abyei states are not going anywhere fools.>>>>

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                • 21 February 20:59, by Langbaar

                  ’Our Nuer ke nyantoc’ have been a snag to South Sudan and South Sudanese people progress. Your Riek Machar will is not going step his evil feet in some states in South Sudan our ’Nuers ke nyantoc’ fellows. He would be dead should he the traitor, a thief and foreign puppet/stooge try. ’Our Nuers ke Nyantoc fellows’. No one wants to live side by side white English people,>>>>

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                  • 21 February 21:08, by Langbaar

                    English people, their cloned so-called Arabs of North Sudan, Abeshas (so-called ethiopian) prostitutes, their evil juus (so-called israelis), some of their Bantus, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalese, Sri Lankans, Rwandans, Mongolians, Ghanians and some of their creeps who covet our country and our people to death fellows.>>>

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                    • 21 February 21:14, by Langbaar

                      You low lives are always told that your *US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called israel) attack dog, their cloned so-called Arab of North Sudan, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), some of their Bantus, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creeps I just mentioned are not our allies or uncles, but our country and our people really existential enemies*.>>>>

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                      • 21 February 21:29, by Langbaar

                        People in western region of Darfur, Nuba Mountains, Abyei, Southern Blue Nile, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Northern Nigeria, Malawi, Chad, central Africa republic (C.A.R), democratic republic of Congo (DRC) and others don’t have food for themselves to eat. But they always use South Sudan and the South Sudanese people as their way to make a living over them>>>>

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                        • 21 February 21:35, by Langbaar

                          Mr. Midit Mitot,
                          watch this space. Pure HATRED and RACISM is here. Most of ’you Nuer ke nyantoc low lives’ with your lawlessness and love of other people and blame you low lives lifestyles on the Jaangs and the Dinkas has been challenged with your masters. Your Riek Machar is long since dead chap. War is here losers.>>>

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                          • 21 February 21:42, by Langbaar

                            I for one wants ’our ke nyantoc and their low lives’ to have their own states to manage themselves with their lawlessness from the ’Jaangs/Dinkas’. But the low lives have entwined themselves to Jaangs/Dinkas states and they think, they can’t live without the Jaangs/Dinkas. Good luck with the low lives, living on other people has never been a good idea.>>>>

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                            • 21 February 21:53, by Langbaar

                              This ugly women feeding her baby would be used by our low lives as all South Sudanese people women are dying of hunger. This woman could be from another country in Africa.>>>>>

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