OCHA says 7 million faces food insecurity in Sudan

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Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
UNITED NATIONS, 15th May.
UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq on Tuesday said  based on recent Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports over 7 million people in South Sudan risk of high levels of food insecurity in July.

According to OCHA reports, some 79,000 people, in areas affected by conflict, economic crisis and climate-related shocks, can face catastrophic levels of hunger.

Mr. Haq said UN humanitarian partners are supporting civilians displaced by inter communal fighting in Tambura county, in western Equatoria. Over 26,000 people have fled the county, leave several residential areas in Tambura deserted.

“Our peacekeeping colleagues are closely monitoring the situation in Tambura,” Mr. Haq said.

“To deter further violence, the UN Mission in South Sudan had immediately deployed additional peacekeepers to reinforce the site.”

UN Mission reported that they have tripled the number of daily patrols, he added.

He said that the number of returnees and refugees from the conflict in Sudan is putting a strain on limited services.

Over 670,000 new people were registered in South Sudan since the beginning of the war in Sudan in April 2023, with 80 per cent of them being returnees, OCHA reported.

He said the humanitarian appeal lacks funding, with only 11 per cent of the required $1.8 billion being received, posing a challenge to response efforts.

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