Sudanese survive on leaves as hunger bites

Sudanese conflictFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – NON-governmental organizations have queried United Nations’ declaration South Sudan is no longer a famine-infested country.
This follows indications the number of people at risk of starvation in the country has increased amid insufficient harvests and soaring food prices are being compounded by an ongoing conflict, which began more than three years ago.
NGOs reported some families were surviving on cassava leaves and wild roots.
Africa Inland Church (AIC) reported the trend, saying it was providing food assistance to such families in the capital Juba.
John Ladu, AIC’s Executive Directo, said they were offering spiritual counseling and providing for people’s physical needs.
“Combining the two gives hope. There are people who feel life is hopeless, that tomorrow they may not make it, but when we help them they are encouraged and their lives are sustained,” Ladu said.
He said local communities were in dire need.
“As a church what we collect is not enough to reach all our community,” Ladu said.
Recently, a United Nations-backed report said South Sudan was no longer classified as being in famine following an increase in aid.
South Sudan escalated into conflict in 2013 after President Salvar Kiir accused his then deputy Riek Machar and ten others of attempting a coup.
Fighting worsened last year as the country celebrated five years of independence from Sudan.
Over 300 000 civilians have been killed about 2 million displaced.
CAJ News


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