Two million people are on the brink of starvation in South Sudan

Vastavam web:  South Sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost 2 million people are on the brink of starvation and an estimated 6 million people, half the population, will face extreme food insecurity between June and July, according to reports by the government and the United Nations released today.South Sudan’s famine was the first to be formally declared anywhere in the world since 2011’s crisis in Somalia.In February, South Sudan declared two counties in Unity State to be in famine. Although those areas are still in critical condition, early detection and a rapid response succeeded in pulling them out of famine, a Phase 5 classification, the World Food Program said.

The UN warned that South Sudan’s crisis is worsening and that removing the label of famine doesn’t mean the situation has actually improved.Famine is declared when three conditions are found in a single location: At least 20 per cent of the population faces extreme food shortages, at least 30 per cent of children under 5 years old suffer from acute malnutrition and people are dying at double the normal rate.An estimated 45,000 people still face starvation in Leer, Koch and Mayendit counties with additional areas across the country having deteriorated as well.

At a recent food distribution in the town of Old Fangak in Greater Jonglei, 10,000 people came to register for a WFP food drop and 30,000 more are expected to come within the week.”All I eat are vegetables and leaves,” said Nyatang Toy as she waited in line last week to receive her ration cards.The skinny 7-year-old walked for three hours from her village to collect food for her parents and five siblings who were too weak to come with her, she said.