Conflict escalates S. Sudan
Already, there has been a spike in child malnutrition is thousands of children bear the brunt of escalating fighting and severe drought.
According to humanitarian partners, 4,8 million people are projected to be in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance through July, up from 4,3 million in April.
This is the highest level of hunger since the conflict in South Sudan began two-and-a-half years ago.
The number does not include 350 000 residents of the United Nations Protection of Civilians areas or other camps for displaced people, who currently are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance.
“We are very worried to see that food insecurity is spreading beyond conflict areas as rising prices, impassable roads and dysfunctional markets are preventing many families, even those in towns and cities, from accessing food,” said Food and Agricultural Organisation country representative, Serge Tissot.
The official said the levels of malnutrition among children continued to alarming.
Since the beginning of the year more than 100 000 children have been treated for severe malnutrition.
That is a 40 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, and a 150 percent increase since 2014.
The country has been torn by conflict since independence from Sudan in 2011.
– CAJ News
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