South Sudan: Famine Threatens About 840,000 In North

The report from World Food Programme indicates that the situation is preoccupying in Bahr El Ghazal State in the north.

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The World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday, October 6, 2016 warned that about 840,000 people were threatened by famine in Bahr El Ghazal State in the northern part of  South Sudan due to the lose of their purchasing power caused by the two-year civil war in the country, XINHUA news agency reported.

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PAM Director in South Sudan, Joyce Kanyangwa Luma reportedly told XINHUA that  the  food security situation in the country was disastrous. She said  Bhar El Ghazal State faced a high level of food insecurity , specifying that six out of ten people in the State  are classified as facing acute food insecurity,  adding that one out of three children suffers from serious malnutrition. Joyce Kanyangwa Luma disclosed that WFP targeted 840,000 people in Bahr El Ghazal North when it organized the first parachuting of food.  She said that contrary to other parts of the country that were devastated by war, Bahr El Ghazal  had precarious calm as it witnessed no major fighting.

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The escalation of fighting between government forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and the militants of former First Vice President Riek Machar early July this year had further complicated issues. Mrs Luma said people have lose their purchasing power, stating that even when traders bring food, people are unable to buy it. The World Food Programme reported estimates that a total of 4.8 million people in South Sudan are exposed to food insecurity  and the number could increase due to renewed violence.

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