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South Sudan faces ‘concrete’ famine risk and needs urgent help, warn experts

The Guardian

Food security analysis highlights need for immediate action to ward off threat of starvation as difficulty of reaching conflict-wracked areas begins to tell.

Liz Ford

A man in South Sudan’s conflict-ridden Upper Nile state places his hand on parched soil. Restricted access to areas affected by fighting has raised fears of a possible famine. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA
A man in South Sudan’s conflict-ridden Upper Nile state places his hand on parched soil. Restricted access to areas affected by fighting has raised fears of a possible famine. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Famine in parts of South Sudan could be just weeks away unless urgent action is taken to address humanitarian needs.

In its latest assessment of food security in the country, published on Thursday, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) warned that there is a “concrete risk of famine occurring between October and December” unless more assistance is provided and access is given to aid agencies to reach affected areas.

Four counties in Unity State are among those principally at risk of famine, while Jonglei and Upper Nile states are also areas of concern. All three states have been wracked with conflict since December 2013, when a power struggle broke out between Salva Kiir, the South Sudanese president, and his former vice-president Riek Machar. The violence has left tens of thousands dead and displaced more than 2 million people. It has also shattered the nascent country’s economy.

Aid agencies have been  warning for months of difficulties in delivering assistance to these areas. Continue reading South Sudan faces ‘concrete’ famine risk and needs urgent help, warn experts