South Sudan Aid Agencies Continue Food Aid as Need Declines

Published on 13 January 2011

As voting in southern Sudan’s independence referendum enters its final days, relief officials say at least 1 million people will continue to need food assistance despite an improvement in food security over the past year. (..) WFP Spokesman Peter Smerdon said if the referendum and its aftermath go smoothly, the number of people in need is expected to peak at 1.4 million in the middle of this year. "The worst-case scenario is that the number will increase gradually from now until April or May or June, and we’ll see the number go as high as 2.7 million," said Smerdon. "But that is still lower than the 3 million people who needed assistance in 2010."

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