Hunger in the news

22 June 2012

Refugees say Sudan's armed forces are attacking villages in the Blue Nile border state with warplanes, helicopters and troops, killing civilians and torching settlements, in a counter-insurgency campaign that rights activists say could include war crimes. (..) The fighting between government forces and rebels, whom Khartoum accuses the South of backing, has complicated already-fraught talks between the two countries to resolve a raft of issues related to partition. It has also alarmed aid agencies who fear a humanitarian disaster in Blue Nile and in South Kordofan, another border state, as food stocks dwindle.

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.

8 May 2012

Refugees are streaming into the Yida camp in South Sudan, across the border from the Nuba Mountains in the South Kordofan area, Sudan's last remaining oil-producing state. (..) The fleeing refugees need help - and food. Resources are tightly stretched and the World Food Program's representative in South Sudan, Chris Nikoi, says stocking supplies at Yida has been delayed by recent clashes over oil at the north - south border. "But we're confident that during the month of May, we will get the food here - enough to make sure that these people are fed right through the rainy season," Nikoi says, referring to rains that could last up to six months.

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.

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.

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.

5 April 2012

More than 100,000 people fled to South Sudan from Abyei, a contested, oil-rich area occupied by Sudanese troops in May 2011. Almost a year later, they find themselves nearly destitute after missing harvests and exhausting the scant resources of local communities in the newly-independent, but impoverished south. (..) At a distribution center in the village of Abothok, local administrator Kat Kuol says that around 6,000 people arrived here from Abyei, pushing the local population to over 10,000. He says that for now, relatives and aid agencies such as the U.N. World Food Program are filling the gap, but that resources will be strained until these people can cultivate themselves.

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.