Famine declared in South Sudan

Published: 22 Feb 2017

Famine declared in South Sudan

The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine.

Almost five million people are in need of urgent help including over a million children suffering acute malnutrition.

MAF regularly flies humanitarian partners working in the worst affected northern Unity state.

Our team in South Sudan has been monitoring this situation and the Global Disaster Response team is looking at the response we may be able to offer as this crisis develops.

According to the UN, the devastating ‘man-made disaster’ has been slowly escalated since conflict reignited in December 2013, forcing millions from their homes and sending the country's flailing economy into freefall. Unable to grow their food, the people of South Sudan have been prevented from buying it by inflation rates of 800%.

One of MAF’s busiest programmes worldwide, MAF flies to areas that are difficult or impossible to reach by road to supply partners such as Tearfund and Medair with essential supplies for their nutrition and healthcare programmes.

We also continue to meet the needs of South Sudanese refugees who have fled over the border into Uganda with flights to refugee camps in the north of the country.

Photo by LuAnne Cadd

How you can pray

✈ Please pray for those affected and for wisdom for the government and humanitarian agencies as they look to address this crisis.

✈ Lift up those who are most vulnerable, including children, new and expectant mothers and those in Unity State where the famine is most acute.

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