$230 million aid urgently needed for South Sudan to save from famine
April 4, 2014
The United Nations has said that South Sudan is in urgent need of finds to fight famine. The new and young nation is in need of aid of $230 million in the next 60 days’ time in order to fight famine. The country will face the worst starvation in Africa since the 1980s famine in Ethiopia when hundreds of people died for lack of food.
As many as 1 in 3 persons in South Sudan are out of food. The numbers hungry totals up to 3.7 million people. With these numbers, the United Nations has put South Sudan on par with Syria in terms of crisis.
The typical planting season begins in May. If the country misses the May-end deadline to plant grain-growing seeds, there is risk of more people falling into the fold of famine in the months to come.
- Food and Agriculture Organization
- UN Food and Agriculture Organization programs launched in Eastern Equatoria