UNITED NATIONS New
York (Xinhua) -- Since the famine was
declared on Feb. 20 in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations
and its partners have delivered food to nearly 114,000 people
across four locations in Mayendit county and to nearly 25,500
people in two locations in Koch county.
three mobile response teams are deployed across Leer county to
deliver food to nearly 48,500 people, and further food
distributions are planned in Koch and Panyiajar in the days
ahead, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a daily news
briefing here Wednesday.
"At the same time as food assistance has been scaling up,
teams have been deployed to six key areas to implement vital
nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and child
protection interventions," Dujarric said.
"Cholera vaccinations are being administered in Leer,
Mayendit and Panyiajar," he said.
Famine has been declared in parts of Unity State in the
northern-central part of South Sudan, the youngest country in
The formal announcement means people have already started
dying of hunger.
Three years of civil war has been going on in the oil-rich
country after it gained independence from Sudan at the end of
one of Africa’s longest running conflicts.
The upsurge in violence since July 2016 has further
devastated food production, including in previously stable
Soaring inflation, up to 800 percent year-on-year, and market
failure have also hit areas that traditionally rely on markets
to meet food needs.
Urban populations are also struggling to cope with massive
price rises on basic food items.