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Regina Williams is screened for malnutrition at the Nyong Primary Health Care Unit (PHCU) nutrition site in Torit, where the World Food Program (WFP) is implementing the blanket supplementary feeding program (BSFP) nutrition activities, to children, pregnant and lactating women in Torit, within Eastern Equatorial State, of South Sudan, in this photo released November 3, 2022. World Food Programme/Handout via REUTERS

Almost thirteen years after gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, the world's newest country, South Sudan, is still plagued by instability and violence.

More than 7 million South Sudanese are at risk of acute food insecurity by July, with 79,000 of them potentially facing “catastrophic” levels of famine, the UN warned Tuesday (file photo by World Food Programme/via Reuters, top, screening for malnutrition in South Sudanese children).

“An estimated 7.1 million people are likely to experience high levels of acute food insecurity” by July 2024, the Office noted. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the announcement it made public.

Of these, “79,000 people are at risk of facing a catastrophic level,” the fifth on the scale of the Integrated Food Security Framework (IPC), “mainly in areas affected by climate shocks, the economic crisis and conflicts,” OCHA added.< /p>

Nearly thirteen years after gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, the world's youngest country is still plagued by instability and violence.

In total, 9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in this country, which is also experiencing additional pressure due to the war raging in its neighbour, Sudan.

Funding deficit

Since the outbreak of the war, as of April 15, 2023, at least 670,000 people who fled Sudan have taken refuge in South Sudan, according to OCHA. The vast majority of them (80%) are citizens of South Sudan who had been refugees in Sudan and returned.

Regarding the UN humanitarian response plan for South Sudan in 2024, costed at $1.8 billion, only 11% of the required funds have been raised so far.

Source: 24h.com.cy

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