Juba, May 27, 2015 (SSNA) — The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that hunger crisis in South Sudan will get worse, unless a peace deal to end the ongoing conflict is reached.
The world body raises the alarm as the number of displaced South Sudanese rises to a new high.
“Millions of people in South Sudan are trapped by a terrible mix of brutal conflict, rising hunger and a deepening economic crisis. The needs are overwhelming at a time when resources are short,” World Food Programme’s head in South Sudan, Joyce Luma, said.
Meanwhile, the United Nations children’s fund representative in South Sudan, Jonathan Veitch, supports the WFP call, saying the lives of women and children are in great danger because they have no other means to support themselves due to the war.
“The lives of vulnerable women and children – who have exhausted all coping mechanisms available to them – are on the line,” Jonathan Veitch said in a statement.
Millions of people have fled their homes and hundreds of thousands more fled to the neighboring countries.