Hunger Crisis Escalates Rapidly In Months

South Sudan, June 21, 2017

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Statement from Deepmala Mahla, South Sudan Country Director at Mercy Corps

Today a new IPC report documenting the worsening of South Sudan’s hunger crisis has been released. The report states that 1.7 million people are on the brink of famine and 50 per cent of the population is now recognised as being food insecure.

“We are deeply concerned about the speed at which conditions are deteriorating for the people of South Sudan. In just four short months, the number of people on the brink of starvation has risen 70 percent from 1 million to 1.7 million.

Despite the levels of need in two areas of South Sudan being reduced from outright famine, the overall situation in the country is rapidly worsening, with 50 per cent of the population now being recognised as food insecure, the greatest number ever recorded in South Sudan. Sadly this has happened while the world has been watching.

What this new report reinforces is that we have a very short window of time between someone being very hungry, to being on the brink of starvation.

We cannot wait for people to be starving to act. We must expand our response to meet the growing huger nationwide, and this means we need safe and sustained humanitarian access.”