Starving Sudanese live on wild leaves

South Sudan mapFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Sudan, is on the verge of more catastrophe
with thousands feeling the pinch of the world’s highest inflation rate,
malnutrition and closure of the border with Sudan.
In northern Bahr el Ghazal, the economic fallout from the three-year
conflict has devastated livelihoods of huge numbers of people.
The South Sudanese pound has plunged in value while the inflation rate is
now over 800 percent.
Coupled with border closures, this has made it impossible for
already-stressed families to survive without assistance, said relief
agencies.
Aid workers said families were surviving on wild leaves, fruit and roots
owing to starvation.
These problems exacerbate the waves of violence and conflict in South Sudan.
Some 3 million people, including 500 000 now refugees in neighbouring
countries, have been displaced from their homes.
On a particular day in December, 7 000 arrived in Uganda, now set to have
the biggest refugee camp in the world-BidiBidi.
“We are on the verge of a catastrophe,” said Chris Oyua, an executive with
a humanitarian agency.
Government has recently sacked a number of aid workers for exposing
genocide.
– CAJ NEWS

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