We Want Food But Peace In South Sudan Would Be Even Better

It is one year since conflict erupted in South Sudan. The fighting has seriously affected food security in the country, leaving it on the brink of a hunger catastrophe. WFP and its partners have been at the forefront of efforts to bring lifesaving assistance to over 2.5 million people affected by the conflict. All these people just want peace so that they can return to their lives. Two women who received assistance from WFP and its partners in Mabior (Jonglei State) where WFP assisted nearly 40,000 people in November and in Kadet (Unity State) where the agency provided food to 10,000 people in November, talked about their experiences and wishes.

Emergency in South Sudan

Fighting in South Sudan has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes to seek shelter. WFP is on the ground distributing food to civilians in need. 

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Overview

South Sudan officially declared independence on 9 July 2011 to become the United Nations 193rd member state.  The country has a total area of 644, 329 square kilometers, and is roughly the size of France or Afghanistan. It has an estimated population of 10.3 million people. Approximately 90 percent of South Sudanese households depend on crop farming, livestock, fishing or forestry for their livelihoods, but productivity across all these sectors is minimal. Fighting broke out in Juba in December 2013, and quickly spread across much of the country.