Famine in South Sudan

The situation

In February 2017, the United Nations and South Sudan’s government declared a famine in parts of Unity State, in northern-central South Sudan. An estimated 100,000 people are facing starvation, with millions more in urgent need of aid.

After more than three years of conflict, the combination of displacement, lack of humanitarian access, and collapsed markets has left millions without enough food to eat. 4.9 million people— more than 40 percent of South Sudan’s population—are in need of urgent food, agricultural support, and nutritional assistance. People have been pushed to the brink, surviving on what they can find to eat in swamps. As is so often the case, women and children are the worst affected.

This number of food insecure people is expected to rise to 5.5 million – almost half of the population – by July 2017, unless humanitarian assistance is increased and there is an end to the fighting, so assistance and relief can get to those who urgently need it the most.

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Oxfam’s work

Oxfam has been assisting people in South Sudan since the 1980s, providing food security and water, sanitation and hygiene assistance. In the past year alone, Oxfam has helped over 600,000 people across the country with food and water distributions and longer-term aid, and assisted almost 40,000 of the most vulnerable people in Panyijar county, Unity State.

In over 30 years working in the affected areas, Oxfam has never witnessed such dire need for food assistance. Action is urgently needed to avert worsening famine conditions and food insecurity. Please donate to the International Crisis Fund today and help provide life-saving humanitarian aid.