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Plan International: We Must Not Forget South Sudan as 3.7M at Risk of Hunger

Plan International expresses concern that seasonal flooding and additional violence may further complicate the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
Plan International expresses concern that seasonal flooding and additional violence may further complicate the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
February 14, 2014

JUBA, South Sudan – More than three million people risk going hungry in South Sudan as the full cost of the country’s conflict becomes clear, warns Plan International.

Plan aid workers are helping thousands of survivors fleeing conflict and facing food shortages in the country with life-saving food, water, and protection.

“While the current numbers of displaced people and refugees are already shocking, the real humanitarian disaster is looming in the near future. If these people cannot go back to their fields by March or April when the rains are supposed to start, they will lose their opportunity to grow food to feed themselves and produce food for the market,” says Roland Angerer, Plan’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Nearly 900,000 villagers, over 10% of the entire population, have fled fighting in the world’s newest nation, some to neighboring countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda.

Concerns are growing for women and children, who have borne the brunt of displacement. Conditions are particularly poor in Awerial County where families have fled fighting in Bor, Jonglei State.

Achuoth, 35, is the mother of nine children. She is one of the internally displaced people at Minkamman camp in Awerial County of central South Sudan, where more than 84,000 people have taken refuge from the fighting in Bor.

“It’s been three days since we had a meal. We missed the first round of food distribution, so we’re waiting, hoping we’ll get some food in the next round. We don’t have a place to sleep, I use the small tent with my ill baby, but the rest of my children share a small mat out in the open,” she says.

Unni Krishnan, Plan International head of Disaster Response and Preparedness, adds: “The UN’s declaration of the crisis as a Level Three emergency should serve as a wakeup call for donors and philanthropists worldwide to mobilize urgent support for South Sudan.

“Donors need to be generous. The plight of children and others impacted by the conflict in South Sudan call for their urgent attention.”

Plan has launched a US$10M emergency appeal to help, and aims to reach thousands of displaced children and their families with food, clean water, hygiene and sanitation, child friendly spaces and psychosocial support. To add your support, please click here.

About Plan International USA

Plan International USA is part of the Plan International Federation, a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities for generations to come and range from clean water and health care programs to education projects and child protection initiatives. For more information, please visit www.PlanUSA.org.

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