On 20 February 2017, the United Nations declared a famine in parts of the former Unity State of South Sudan. The World Food Programme reported that 40% of the South Sudanese population (4.9 million people) needed food urgently. At least 100,000, according to the UN, were in imminent danger of death by starvation. UN officials said that President Salva Kiir Mavardit was blocking food deliveries to some areas. President Salva Kiir said on 21 February that the government would allow “unimpeded access” to aid organisations. With your help, we continue our famine relief efforts to bring food, aid and hope to the South Sudanese.
Continuing reports from parts of South Sudan say that they have not had rain in two years. Many families have exhausted every means they have to survive. The people are farmers and war has disrupted their agricultural work. They’ve lost their livestock, even their farming tools. For months there has been a total reliance on whatever plants they can find and fish they can catch. According to Jeremy Hopkins, the South Sudan representative for the UN children’s agency, more than 200,000 children are at risk of death from malnutrition.
According to a UN report in March 2016, the South Sudan government SPLA forces and allied militia made targeted attacks on civilians based on ethnicity, systematically destroying towns and villages. The report concluded that the pattern of abuses “suggests a deliberate strategy to deprive the civilians living in the area of any form of livelihood or material support.” More than a million people have fled the country. My Wow Factor is focusing on famine relief, helping to feed the 2,000 hungry children arriving daily from South Sudan in the Kiryandongo refugee camp, in Uganda.
Please give generously. Thank you, from the Sudanese.
Project Location: Uganda