A third of South Sudanese face starvation

2014-05-20 17:29
Displaced people receive relief aid, in Maiduguri, Nigeria.  (NEMA, AP)

Displaced people receive relief aid, in Maiduguri, Nigeria. (NEMA, AP)

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Oslo - More than a third of South Sudan's population, four million people, will be on the edge of starvation by the end of the year as fighting rages on in the world's newest country, UN officials said on Tuesday.

Clashes between rebels and government forces have wrecked food markets and forced people to abandon their livestock and land, the aid experts added.

"We are losing time. Farmers should be planting their crops right now," Valerie Amos, the United Nations' aid chief, told a donors' conference in Oslo.

"If they don't, and if livestock herders are not able to migrate to grazing areas, people will run out of food."

Violence erupted in the oil-producing country in December following a long power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar.

Thousands have died in the increasingly ethnic violence, often pitting Kiir's Dinka people against Machar's Nuer. The two men, under regional and Western pressure to end the conflict, signed a ceasefire earlier this month.

But it quickly broke down and World Food Programme's assistant executive director Elisabeth Rasmusson told Reuters she had reports fresh clashes broke out in the town of Malakal on Monday night.

"We think that by the end of the year, 1.5 million will be internally displaced, 850 000 will be refugees and four million on the edge of starvation," Toby Lanzer, UN humanitarian co-ordinator in South Sudan, told Reuters on the sidelines of the conference.

Planting disrupted

South Sudan only became independent from Sudan in 2011. The fighting has curbed oil production, vital for its economy.

UN officials in Oslo said the needed $1.8bn in aid, up from their previous figure of $1.3bn.

On Tuesday, donors including the United States, Britain and Norway, agreed to give more than $600m, on top of the $536m already pledged.

The violence has disrupted planting of sorghum, maize, and ground nuts and forced herders to abandon their animals or lead them to areas with poor grazing, said the officials.

"All this puts tremendous pressure on livelihoods," said Lanzer. "The biggest message I am getting from South Sudanese is 'give me one month of peace so I can plant and I could look after my livestock'," he said.

Ethiopian, Kenyan and Ugandan traders responsible for a large proportion of trade in markets, have also fled, he said.

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