JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
Three UN agencies on Monday warned that 7
million people in South Sudan are at risk of rising hunger in
the coming months unless assistance and access are maintained.
The Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
and the World Food Program (WFP) also warned that progress made
to prevent people from dying of hunger could be undone.
“If this happens,
this will be the highest ever number of food insecure people in
South Sudan. The period of greatest risk will be the lean
season, between May and July,” the UN agencies warned in a joint
statement issued in Juba.
According to an
Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report
released on Monday, some 5.3 million people were already
struggling in January to find enough food each day and were in
“crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity.
This represents a 40
percent increase in the number of severely food insecure people
compared to January 2017.
According to the
agencies, some 155,000 people, including 29,000 children, who
could suffer from the most extreme levels of hunger, are
particularly at risk.
Serge Tissot, FAO
Representative in South Sudan, warned that the food security
situation is extremely fragile, adding that another famine is
“The projections are
stark. If we ignore them, we will be faced with a growing
tragedy. If farmers receive support to resume their livelihoods,
we will see a rapid improvement in the country’s food security
situation due to increased local production,” Tissot said.
The report comes one
year after famine was declared in parts of South Sudan in
February 2017 but improved access and a massive humanitarian
response succeeded in containing and averting famine later last
Despite this, said
the UN agencies, the food insecurity outlook has never been so
dire as it is now.
“The situation is
deteriorating with each year of conflict as more people lose the
little they had. We are alarmed as the lean season when the
harvest runs out is expected to start this year much earlier
than usual,” said Adnan Khan, WFP Representative and Country
“Unless we can
pre-position assistance rather than mount a more costly response
during the rains, more families will struggle to survive,” Khan
The report says
overall hunger levels have risen due to protracted conflict that
led to reduced food production and constantly disrupted
This, the report
says, was further exacerbated by economic collapse, which
impacted markets and trade, making them unable to compensate for
the decrease in local food production.
spells, flooding and continued pest infestation, such as Fall
Armyworm, have also had a damaging impact,” it says.
In areas like Unity,
Jonglei, Upper Nile, and Central Equatoria, riddled by
reoccurring outbreaks of violent conflict and displacement, the
proportion of people suffering from extreme food insecurity
ranges from 52 to 62 percent—more than half the states’ combined
The number is
expected to keep increasing unless people find the means to
receive, produce or buy their own food.
The report says
conflict and worsening hunger have led to already soaring rates
of malnutrition. Without assistance, as of May, more than 1.3
million children under five will be at risk of acute
UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan said they are preparing
for rates of severe malnutrition among children never before
seen in this country.
“Without an urgent
response and access to those most in need, many children will
die. We cannot allow that to happen,” Mdoe added.
Ghana policemen in UN’s S.
Sudan mission sent back home over sex scandal
ACCRA Ghana (Xinhua) --
Ghana police on Sunday confirmed reports that 46
of its officers serving with the United Nations Mission in South
Sudan had been sent back home.
The reports said
late Saturday that the mission in South Sudan had recalled a
Ghanaian police unit working at one of its protection camps to
pave way for investigation into allegations that some of them
had been involved in sexual abuse.
The United Nations
Mission in South Sudan said it had asked the 46-member unit to
return to the capital Juba from its Protection of Civilians site
in Wau, northwest of Juba, after an investigation was launched
into a complaint that members of the unit were having sexual
relations with women living at the camp.
Xinhua’s enquiry indicated that the Ghana Police High Command
had knowledge of the development and was working on a release to
state its official position on the matter.
Ghana police to cooperate in UN
probe of officers’ alleged
sexual misconduct in South Sudan mission
ACCRA Ghana (Xinhua) --
Ghana police said on Sunday it is prepared to
cooperate fully with the United Nations (UN) in investigating
some serving Ghanaian officers alleged to be involved in sexual
misconduct under the UN Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS).
A statement signed
by Director General of Police Public Affairs, Assistant
Commissioner of Police (ACP) David Eklu, said the police high
command remained committed to ensuring highest professional
standards by its officers serving under UN missions.
It said the police
administration “will not tolerate any acts or actions by
Ghanaian Police officers that go contrary to United Nations
rules and regulations.”
The UN informed the
Ghana Police Service through the Ghana Permanent Mission in New
York on Friday that some members of the Ghana Formed Police Unit
(FPU) were alleged to be engaged in acts of sexual exploitation
against internally displaced women in Wau, South Sudan.
administration immediately sent a response through the Ghana
Permanent mission to the UN indicating its fullest cooperation
and support to investigate the alleged sexual exploitation and
abuse case,” the statement read.
administration “has meanwhile requested the UN to permit a three
member team to be immediately deployed into the mission area for
a better understanding of the incident.”