Juba, March 11, 2022 (SSNA) — The United Nations’ humanitarian arm, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced that more than 70 percent of South Sudanese will face extreme hunger this year.
In a statement seen by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), the WFP warned that severe hunger will hit South Sudan in a month.
“While global attention remains fixated on Ukraine, a hidden hunger emergency is engulfing South Sudan with about 8.3 million people in South Sudan — including refugees — facing extreme hunger in the coming months,” the statement reads in part.
On her part, WFP’s deputy country director in South Sudan, Adeyinka Badejo, confirmed the situation.
“The extent and depth of this crisis is unsettling. We’re seeing people across the country have exhausted all their available options to make ends meet and now they are left with nothing,” she said.
The United Nations disclosed that conflict-related factors, floods, and drought contribute to the situation, affecting more than 60 percent of South Sudanese.