Fleeing Sudanese struggling to cope with crisis

South Sudan humanitarian crisis

South Sudan humanitarian crisis

From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – INTENSE fighting in South Sudan has displaced more than 100 000 people and forced nearly 60 humanitarian workers to relocate.
The displacements over the past month in Akobo, Nyirol and Uror counties include thousands that have been displaced multiple times since February.
People continue fleeing to Ethiopia, with more than 4 400 South Sudanese refugees arriving in Gambella in April and May.
Eighty-five per cent of the new arrivals came from Upper Nile, while 14 percent came from Jonglei.
In the area, more than 300 displaced people, mostly women and children, from have arrived at a site established for protection of uprooted civilians.
In Bor elderly family members remain displaced in the bushlands of Payai, Pieri and Karam in Uror County, as they could not walk long distances.
A recent assessment found that over 82 percent of households assessed had poor food consumption scores, indicative of severe food consumption gaps.
The assessment also found negative coping strategies, including emergency selling of livestock.
“This not only depletes the population’s assets but also reduces access to critical food sources, including meat and milk,” said the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Community members are reportedly relying on certain types of wild vegetables, which are only consumed in emergency times when no other food sources exist.
South Sudan, the world’s newest country that gained independence from Sudan in 2011, has been in conflict since 2013 after a fallout involving the leadership.
CAJ News

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