South Sudan facing major food crisis

2014-03-26 11:14

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New York - Millions of people in war-wracked South Sudan are facing a food shortage as the rainy season approaches, a top UN official warned on Tuesday, denouncing inadequate funding for humanitarian aid efforts.

"We are facing the possibility of a catastrophic situation in food security," said John Ging, operations chief for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

"We are not using the word famine right now but that's what is on the horizon... for millions of vulnerable people," added Ging, who recently visited South Sudan.

He said five million people were in need of assistance, and UN agencies were having trouble pre-positioning food stocks before the onset of the rainy season.

The downpours will make already challenging roads even more difficult to navigate, and force agencies to airdrop food aid, which cost significantly more money.

More than 700 000 people have been forced to flee their homes since mid-December, when violence erupted between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and fighters loosely allied to former vice president Riek Machar.

Another 250 000 people have sought refuge in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and neighbouring Sudan.

Ging said there also had been a "rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation" in Sudan, especially in Darfur, as well as in war-torn Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

Second round of talks

The UN appeals for the two countries have been "under-funded", Ging said.

The UN has appealed to donors for $995m to fund aid operations in Sudan this year. So far it has obtained only $54m.

And the appeal for $1.3bn for South Sudan has only been funded at 24 percent, he said.

Noting that fundraising was directly linked to the UN's ability to deliver aid, Ging hit out at what he called a "lack of respect for humanitarian staff and convoys" by the warring parties, noting that food stocks had been pillaged and convoys searched.

"Humanitarian aid is not moving at the speed it needs to move," he said. "It is not acceptable." He also called on the government of South Sudan to facilitate humanitarian aid efforts.

The United States on Tuesday promised an additional $83m in humanitarian aid to South Sudan, bringing its total to $411m.

The warring parties resumed a second round of talks on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, which is urging the sides to revive a moribund ceasefire signed on 23 January.
Read more on:    un  |  south sudan  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 1 725 000

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Paarl

Houses R 1 725 000

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are on form and you may like an audience to share your ideas and concepts with. Drama and creativity flavour your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.