Preventing a food crisis in South Sudan

Children displaced by recent fighting eat their daily meal, at a displacement site on the Tomping base of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Juba, the capital.
Children displaced by recent fighting eat their daily meal, at a displacement site on the Tomping base of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.      Photo: UNICEF, 2014, Holt.

 

Over 100 days of violence in South Sudan has left a quarter of a million children at risk of severe acute malnutrition unless urgent humanitarian supplies reach the most vulnerable citizens in the world’s youngest nation.

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The threat of a food security crisis is very real as violence and displacement have interrupted agricultural production. To ensure the harvest, seeds must be planted before the coming rains but many families have been forced to flee their land.

Currently, over 3.7 million people, including almost 740,000 children under five, in the country are at high risk of food insecurity. Many women and children are already resorting to eating so-called “famine foods” – wild foods like bulbs and grasses – to stay alive.

UNICEF has treated over 13,000 children under 5 with severe acute malnutrition since fighting broke out but our goal is to reach over ten times that number of children with life-saving therapeutic foods, medicines and support for new mothers.

Help us provide life-saving aid to children in South Sudan