Global Caritas network supports South Sudan as famine declared

23 Feb 2017   |   Emergency Relief   |   Sudan

Caritas Australia is continuing to support the people of South Sudan in the wake of a famine being declared in parts of the country.

As of February 20 2017, famine has been formally declared in two counties within the Unity State in the northern-central part of South Sudan, with approximately 100,000 people facing starvation. The United Nations World Food Programme estimated that 4.9 million people are in urgent need of food across the country.

The food crisis is not limited to South Sudan, with Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and parts of Tanzania and Uganda also impacted. Devastating drought has affected approximately 17.7 million people across the Horn of Africa and East Africa regions.

Ongoing conflict which erupted in December 2013 in South Sudan has also contributed to the crisis, leaving 1.85 million people internally displaced and severely disrupting crop planting. Acute malnutrition rates and climate change have also impacted the situation.

Caritas Australia has programs in South Sudan, as well as Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda, and is supporting the global and local Caritas network as it responds to the crisis. Our work in South Sudan has focused on food security, water, hygiene and sanitation, HIV and AIDS, Disaster Risk Reduction, emergency assistance and peace-building.

Caritas Australia is in close contact with our partners in the affected countries to assist with the emergency response. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the crisis.

If you would like to support the people affected by the famine in South Sudan and the Horn of Africa region, you can do so by donating to our Africa Emergency Appeal.

Learn more about how Caritas Internationalis is responding to the crisis

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