South Sudan Marks Independence Day on Brink of Collapse, Warns CARE
Jul 6, 2016
As South Sudan marks its fifth Independence Day on July 9, economic fallout, political instability and risk of famine loom large and threaten South Sudan’s future, warns CARE.
The Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) on food security reported recently that an estimated 4.8 million people are suffering from extreme hunger with parts of Unity State at risk of famine.
This is almost a 50 per cent increase from what was reported earlier this year. The increased food crisis is due in large part to the crumbling economy causing food production to decrease and prices to increase dramatically. The South Sudan Bureau of Statistics just listed inflation rates at an astounding 295 per cent.
“While the formation of the transitional government provides a glimmer of hope for South Sudan, it’s set with the backdrop of an economy spiraling downward. Not only can many people not physically access food because of continued insecurity, but they cannot afford to buy food because prices are so incredibly high,” said Fred McCray, CARE country director in South Sudan.
Meanwhile, the current peace deal is in jeopardy as violence spreads to parts of the country that had previously been peaceful. The influx of violence is causing more people to be displaced from their homes and further loss of livelihoods. This increased insecurity comes at a time when food production is traditionally lower due to weather patterns further preventing people from accessing food.
“Significant progress made towards peace and prosperity is at risk of completely falling apart for South Sudan,” said McCray. “This is still the world’s youngest country, and they need the ongoing support of the international community to help get them back on stable footing and keep pushing for full implementation of the signed peace process.”
CARE has been working in South Sudan since 1993. With the support of the Government of Canada, CARE, in partnership with World Vision and Oxfam Canada, is currently helping more than 200,000 people meet their food needs and reduce their vulnerability. Project activities seek to develop sustainable food solutions with an emphasis on agriculture training and improving gender equality so both women and men can contribute to food production and market activity.
CARE has spokespeople available in South Sudan and a Canadian who has recently travelled to this country. Contact:
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
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