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Relief Agencies Call For Support As Humanitarian Conditions Worsen In South Sudan

News outlets report on the worsening humanitarian conditions in South Sudan. Articles focus on the U.N.’s crisis response plan calling for $1.27 billion in humanitarian funding, the country’s food and nutrition crisis, the recent looting of humanitarian supplies, and an interview with MSF’s emergency coordinator.

The Guardian: South Sudan: escalation of violence on unprecedented scale, says relief agency
“The speed and scale of the violence over the past six weeks in South Sudan has been unprecedented, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Earlier this week, the U.N.’s humanitarian agency called for $1.27 billion (£780 million) to help the 3.2 million people estimated to be affected by the humanitarian consequences of the crisis in South Sudan…” (Lamble, 2/5).

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization: South Sudan facing major food and nutrition crisis
“FAO [Tuesday] warned of a major food security and nutrition crisis in South Sudan, where some 3.7 million people are now facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity. The organization is calling for $77 million for critical food security and livelihood support for the crisis-affected population as prices of staple crops soar and basic commodities run out…” (2/5).

U.N. News Centre: Strife-torn South Sudan faces major food and nutrition crisis, U.N. warns
“Up to seven million people in strife-torn South Sudan, nearly two thirds of the total population, are at risk of some level of food insecurity, with 3.7 million already facing acute or emergency levels, the United Nations warned [Wednesday], painting a much grimmer picture of a major nutrition crisis than just three weeks ago…” (2/5).

Inter Press Service: U.N. Outraged by Looting of Humanitarian Supplies in South Sudan
“The United Nations has responded with outrage and disappointment at the recent looting of humanitarian supplies in South Sudan. The issue has drawn serious attention after South Sudanese SPLA government forces were photographed wearing UNICEF backpacks slung over the same shoulders as their firearms, and U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) warehouses, along with many other humanitarian locations, have been raided…” (Rozen, 2/5).

Medecins Sans Frontières: South Sudan: ‘Living in impossible conditions’
In an interview with Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF), “MSF’s Emergency Coordinator, Forbes Sharp, gives an update on the dire conditions for people in this camp, how MSF is responding, and what more must be done. …’Living in such congested and harsh conditions, people are incredibly vulnerable to disease which makes each day a battle. The worrying part for me is that Tomping [a camp in Juba] is only a fraction of the suffering of the more than 800,000 people who have been displaced from their homes across South Sudan'” (2/5).

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