South Sudan Aid agencies: Two thirds of country’s population at risk

Humanitarian workers in South Sudan are asking international donors for more funding, to mitigate the acute food shortage in the country.

Aid agencies say around seven million people in the country – almost two-thirds of the population – will be food insecure in 3 months time.

South Sudan has been dogged by conflict since December 2013, sparked by a political feud between President Salva Kiir and his former-deputy Riek Machar.

The war has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions others, prompting the UN last year to rank the country as Africa’s biggest refugee crisis.

Also, more than 80 aid workers, who were providing assistance to vulnerable people, have been killed in the four-year conflict. Aid agencies have also been denied access to certain areas by security forces.

However they say coordination with the government over the issue of access to the vulnerable groups is improving.

“As you know South Sudan there are contested areas as well so sometimes you don’t know who is in charge of the area so those challenges will still remain but whenever these issues come up we are very quick to engage with authorities so that solutions are found and to aid the delivery of assistance to the vulnerable people,” Director, NGO Secretariat Dr. Pius Ojara said.

The UN Security Council last week warned of sanctions against the country if the warring sides continue violating a peace deal signed last year.