During their trip to South Sudan, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres met with people displaced by the conflict who have taken shelter in the remote town of Nyal, in Unity State. Photo: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo

Blog From South Sudan: Desperate Need Food And Peace

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, has just finished a three-day visit to South Sudan and Ethiopia, where she traveled alongside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to see first-hand the devastating impact of the South Sudan crisis. In her latest blog, the WFP chief talks about meeting people in the town of Nyal who have fled a deadly combination of violence and hunger.

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, animal husbandry, fishing or forestry for their livelihoods, but productivity across all these sectors is minimal.  
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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)305,311
Beneficiary needs ($US)706,259,896