Published on
Common Dreams

3.2 Million Go Hungry as Wave of Violence Grips South Sudan

One third of population in acute need of food says UN official

Common Dreams staff

Approximately 3.7 million people — one third of South Sudan's population — are in acute need of food aid as a direct result of the fresh wave of violence set off in mid December.

This is according to the UN's humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan Toby Lanzer, who told the BBC, "Largely because markets have been disrupted, people have been living under extreme duress, people aren't able to move as they normally would."

"Nobody in mid-December... could have foreseen the scale of the emergency that now faces us," he added.

Since mid-December, civil conflict between rival millitary camps has killed thousands of people and displaced nearly 1 million.


FRIENDS: Now More Than Ever

Independent journalism has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered. If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support us now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing. Thank you. -- Craig Brown, Co-founder

Support Common DreamsSupport Common Dreams

Share This Article

More in: