Famine Declared in South Sudan, Urgent Action Needed

Feb 20, 2017

Parts of South Sudan are in famine and action must be urgently taken to save lives, according to a leading food security monitoring agency.

In an update published Feb. 20, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification stated, "With consistent, adequate, and timely humanitarian interventions, the Famine classification could be reversed with many lives saved."

In response, CARE South Sudan Country Director Fred McCray said: 

"The declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan is just the final step on a long path of hunger and conflict. The last three years of violence have pushed people over the edge of survival, leaving many families with nothing but leaves and roots to eat.

“It is now of utmost urgency to prevent more people from dying of hunger and deliver food and other humanitarian assistance. At the same time, we call on all parties to the conflict to stop targeting civilians and ensure that aid organizations have access to people in need.”

CARE has been operating in Southern Sudan since 1993, most recently providing assistance in health, nutrition, food security and livelihoods, peace building and gender based violence prevention across four states including some of the worst affected by conflict. CARE currently works in Upper Nile, Unity, Jonglei and Eastern Equatoria. Since the crisis began in 2013 CARE has assisted over 300,000 people across these four states.

Canadians can donate to the CARE Emergency Response Fund and help CARE immediately respond to emergencies and prepare communities for future disasters.

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To arrange an interview, contact:

Darcy Knoll 
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | 613.790.2134