Hunger in the news

24 July 2013

Tens of thousands of people face severe food insecurity as they hide in the bush in South Sudan's Jonglei State following another wave of violence that has cut off aid to them. "We believe these people need food now and cannot wait for much longer after hiding in the bush for weeks," said Chris Nikoi, the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) South Sudan country director, in a statement on 23 July. "We need more food supplies in the country and more helicopters to take this food to those who most need it."

18 July 2013

The top UN humanitarian official on Wednesday appealed for access to all those in need in the strife-torn region of South Sudan, where humanitarian situation has deteriorated due to the clashes. "I am alarmed by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Pibor County in Jonglei," where some 100,000 civilians have been cut off from life-saving aid due to clashes, the Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, said in a statement. Fighting between state and non-state armed actors, and the recent resurgence of inter-communal clashes are threatening the lives of ordinary people and have reduced the ability of humanitarian organizations to provide urgently needed help.

10 July 2013

South Sudan marks two years of independence today, but the millions who continue to face displacement, hunger, disease and extreme poverty will be hard pressed to find any reason to celebrate. (..) In the contested Abyei region, the mass return of IDPs following increased security has led to food security concerns, while the large number of returnees from Sudan has also put pressure on available food stocks. (..) In March, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that some 4.1 million people would be food insecure in 2013.

25 June 2013

In the east, where poor rains have caused widespread hunger, women, children and elderly people have joined the hordes seeking their fortune through this back-breaking labour. (..) The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) says "poor climatic conditions, inaccessibility, poverty and underdevelopment, and occasional insecurity" have pummelled the area, driving food insecurity. "Many parts of the Greater Kapoeta are semi-arid, receiving low rainfall with some extreme cases where there is less than 200mm of rain per year. This makes it a difficult environment for agricultural production without a huge investment in issues such as irrigation," said WFP public information officer George Fominyen.

4 April 2013

An international NGO has been putting people in a drought-stricken area of South Sudan to work, in exchange for food. The new program, called "Food for Assets", is run by Mercy Corps and allows people in an area in Aweil East, in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, to work on projects that benefit their community, in exchange for food. The food is supplied by the United Nations' World Food Program, and the projects locals work on include everything from clearing roads that link local villages to improving irrigation systems on small farms.

1 March 2013

WFP school meals are helping hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese students stay in school and build a brighter future, and WFP is working to help the young country's Ministry of Education build and sustain a national school meals system.

18 February 2013

The program also targets 40,000 girls through the girl’s incentive pilot across 1,250 schools in Eastern Equatoria, Lakes, Jonglei, Warrap, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Northern Barh el Ghazal, Unity and Upper Nile States, Chris Nikoi, WFP Country Director South Sudan said. He said that the feeding program activities are targeted in geographic areas where assessment evidence shows the highest levels of food insecurity in addition to nationally low enrolment, attendance and retention rates especially among girls.

15 February 2013

The United Nations says an outbreak of hepatitis E has killed 111 refugees in camps in South Sudan since July, and has become endemic in the region. U.N. refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards says the influx of people to the camps from neighboring Sudan is believed to be one of the factors in the rapid spread of the contagious, life-threatening inflammatory viral disease of the liver. (..) He says the largest number of cases and suspected cases is in the Yusuf Batil camp in Upper Nile state, which houses 37,229 refugees fleeing fighting between rebels and the Sudanese government.

12 February 2013

Aid agencies working in South Sudan, one of the poorest countries in the world, are under regular threat from members of the security services who beat or arrest them or commandeer their equipment, the United Nations said on Monday. (..) This year, the U.N. World Food Program plans to provide food aid to over 2.7 million people, almost a quarter of South Sudan's population.

8 October 2012

Conditions at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan have improved - after a wave of new arrivals, disease and death. But as the rainy season ends, the camp is bracing for another wave of challenges that could overwhelm the humanitarian community. (..) For the past few weeks, the World Food Program has been forced to deliver food by air.