The British charity said people were falling ill from eating grass and weeds. A four-year civil war, poor harvests and rising food prices have been blamed for the widespread hunger in the world’s youngest nation.
Oxfam on Tuesday urged urgent action to prevent millions of people being hit by famine in South Sudan.
The British charity’s call for action comes just days after the latest rounds of peace talks in Addis Ababa failed to bring an agreement to end a four-year conflict in the country.
What did Oxfam say?
- “The South Sudan humanitarian situation is fast becoming a forgotten crisis,” Tim Bierley, Oxfam Campaigns Manager for South Sudan, told DW. “As the civil war in the country rages on, humanitarian need continues to grow, but funding is not keeping up; nearly half way through the year, only 20% of the humanitarian response plan is funded.”
- “Fighting and displacement have disrupted planting and harvests, and the economic crisis caused by ongoing conflict has resulted in a near complete breakdown in markets and rising inflation,” Bierley said.
- A fifth of households in the town of Pibor in eastern Boma state could already be classified as suffering from famine levels of hunger.
- Pibor has also seen food availability drop sharply after pests and flooding destroyed harvests.
- As the rainy season sets in, much of the food supplies would be required to be flown in from capital Juba, making them unaffordable for many
- source: dw