Hunger in the news

21 June 2012

South Sudan, Around 35,000 people have poured over the border to South Sudan from Sudan's war-torn Blue Nile state in recent weeks. Increasingly malnourished, exhausted and sick, they are arriving to overcrowded and ill-prepared sites that aid agencies fear could run out of water and be cut off by rains very soon. (..) Aid agencies are concerned that water could dry up within a week’s time if no more is found, while rains could cut off access to aid agencies and water trucks. Having expected 75,000 refugees and now dealing with more than 100,000, a new camp is being set up, while existing camps are overcrowded and have suffered water shortages for months.

15 June 2012

Thousands of South Sudanese remain stranded in Sudan or internally displaced en route to their homes or relatives in South Sudan, following the final International Organization of Migration (IOM) airlift of people from Sudan to South Sudan on 6 June. (..) The latest estimates show that 38,000 South Sudanese are living in makeshift conditions at "departure points" around the Sudanese capital Khartoum, waiting for transport, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

4 June 2012

Up to 4,000 people are fleeing into South Sudan every day to escape fighting in Sudan's Blue Nile province, according to medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres. (..) MSF believes tens of thousands of other people are waiting to cross the border. (..) With the rains having begun, getting access to this isolate region is becoming increasingly difficult.

3 May 2012

The World Food Program has warned clashes along the border between Sudan and South Sudan threaten to plunge the region into widespread hunger. (..) WFP spokeswoman Elizabeth Byrs said her agency is particularly concerned about the critical situations in South Sudan's Unity State and Upper Nile State. (..) “These people are already in a very dire situation, and now with the clashes their situation is going to worsen," Byrs said. (..) The World Food Program also said s helping other humanitarian agencies establish a humanitarian lifeline for the affected population.

2 May 2012

The U.N.’s World Food Program is warning that recent fighting between South Sudan and Sudan could push more people into a hunger crisis situation. WFP South Sudan country director Chris Nikoi said in a statement Tuesday that the food situation in the border region was already precarious, and that recent border clashes threaten to displace more people. (..) WFP assisted around 2,000 new arrivals at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan’s Unity State over the past week.

30 April 2012

Tens of thousands of refugees have now gathered in camps in South Sudan after being forced out of their villages by the fighting, with hundreds more making the trek every day. (..) The World Food Programme has designated the situation a Level Three emergency, giving it the highest priority for deliveries to help starving civilians before seasonal rains make the dirt roads impassable.

27 April 2012

Over the past fortnight the queues have become increasingly common in Juba, South Sudan's capital, as a shutdown of oil production - caused by an oil-fee dispute with Sudan - begins to bite. Dollars from the sale of oil are getting scarcer and food prices are rising. (..) South Sudan's independence cost Khartoum dear in lost oil income, creating a void that must be filled to ease tensions.

26 April 2012

Fighting has sent a flood of refugees into South Sudan camps, which are struggling to cope with a critical water shortage. (..) UK international development minister, Stephen O'Brien, who visited the Jamam camp on Wednesday, announced £10m in emergency food from the existing aid budget to provide assistance for 100,000 hungry people for five months through the World Food Programme, plus £5m in reserve in case of a mass return of South Sudanese from Sudan. (..) The minister met several NGO representatives in Jamam, where it was decided that the best option to stave off catastrophe once the rains come is to move around 15,000 people to the nearby Doro camp.

7 March 2012

South Sudan is facing a major hunger emergency as drought has ruined food supplies. (..) Ahnna Gudmunds, a WFP Sudan officer, says, "Households will face significant difficulty obtaining food during this period. Volatile food supply and poor diets are likely to intensify the severity of the hunger season." (..) Conflict in the Jonglei State, the largest in South Sudan, has caused suffering, displacement, and even more hunger.

20 February 2012

Hundreds of thousands of Southern Sudanese who have spent most of their lives in the north now find themselves straddling two worlds, their lives upended by a tumultuous border that recently split the country in half. (..) But for southerners living north of the border, like Mrs. Ley, whose stooped back and cracked, calloused hands tell their own story of suffering and toil, the south’s joyous independence compounded their misery.