New report: Two-thirds of South Sudan badly food insecure

Nov 2, 2022, 6:46 PM | Updated: Nov 3, 2022, 7:11 am
FILE - A mother sits with her malnourished baby at a hospital run by Medicines Sans Frontieres (Doc...

FILE - A mother sits with her malnourished baby at a hospital run by Medicines Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in Old Fangak in Jonglei state, South Sudan on Dec. 28, 2021. A new report released by United Nations agencies on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 says nearly 8 million people in South Sudan, or about two-thirds of the population, will face acute food insecurity during the next lean season as climate shocks and conflict deepen the already vulnerable situation for many. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)

(AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A new report says nearly 8 million people in South Sudan, or about two-thirds of the population, will face acute food insecurity during the next lean season as climate shocks and conflict deepen the already vulnerable situation for many.

The report released by United Nations agencies says the proportion of people at such risk in South Sudan is at the highest ever in the country recovering from a civil war that ended in 2018.

The report says 1.4 million children likely will be malnourished during the lean season from April to July 2023.

The warning about South Sudan, whose climate shocks include widespread flooding, comes ahead of the U.N. climate summit in Egypt next week. The U.N. humanitarian agency late last month said over 1 million people were affected by torrential rain and flooding in 36 counties across South Sudan.

The report also blames rising food prices and a drop in funding for humanitarian programs for the crisis.

South Sudan’s agriculture minister, Josephine Lagu, said that “humanitarian assistance is needed to save lives and prevent the total collapse of livelihoods in the country.”

The acting country director for the World Food Program, Makena Walker, said they have been in “famine prevention mode” and called South Sudan on the front lines of the climate crisis.

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New report: Two-thirds of South Sudan badly food insecure