Famine has been declared in South Sudan. It’s the first time in six years that famine has been declared anywhere in the world.Without urgent aid, over 1 million people are likely to die of starvation.
Nearly 5 million people – more than 40 percent of South Sudan’s population – are in need of urgent food.
In the worst hit parts of the country, one in three children is acutely malnourished.
In a country already devastated by war and a collapsed economy, severe drought is the final straw –
families have exhausted every means they have to survive.
We need to act now – it is the beginning of the lean season. Without much-needed aid, the number of people going hungry is expected to rise to 5.5 million by July.
Working with local, ACT Alliance church partners and directly through the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, UnitingWorld will support the delivery of vital food supplies, nutrition supplements and water purification tablets to children and families desperately in need. (Read more)