Famine, Food Shortage Announced in Some Parts of South Sudan – Statistics Bureau

© REUTERS / Siegfried ModolaWomen carry sacks of food in Nimini village, Unity State, northern South Sudan, February 8, 2017
Women carry sacks of food in Nimini village, Unity State, northern South Sudan, February 8, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Some regions of South Sudan suffer famine or serious food shortage, chairman of the state’s National Bureau of Statistic Isaiah Chol Aruai said Monday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Many areas in South Sudan are "classified in famine … or risk of famine," he said, based on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) at a news conference in Juba, as quoted by the 7sur7 news website.

Also on Monday, three UN agencies, namely the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned in a joint press release that the lives of some 100,000 people in South Sudan were endangered due to starvation.

The civil war in South Sudan, waged between President Salva Kiir’s supporters and opposition forces, has been lasting since 2013 and has made approximately 3.5 million people displaced, according to information by the United Nations from February 10.

In late January, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) said the food insecurity in South Sudan was triggered by ongoing conflict undermining economic development, high food prices and restricted humanitarian access.

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