Lifesaver

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In South Sudan, where a million people are on the brink of famine, World Vision’s Stephanie Hammond attends a food distribution near the capital, Juba.

100,000 people face starvation in north central South Sudan’s Unity state, according to U.N. agencies, including the World Food Program (WFP).

“The situation facing children who were already hungry and going without meals is now rapidly unraveling,” says Perry Mansfield, World Vision’s director in South Sudan. “If aid funding and deliveries are not immediately scaled up we should expect to see children facing a catastrophe and starvation and migration to find food on a massive scale.”

Famine is declared only when substantial deaths have occurred due to lack of food on its own or in combination with disease.

“This famine is man-made,” says World Food Program country director Joyce Luma. She cites the three-year civil war as the greatest obstacle to massive humanitarian efforts to bring relief. Conflict, displacement, and poor transport have made it impossible for many people to farm or work at other jobs. At the same time, food prices have increased with the scarcity of food items.

Nutrition and food assistance are pillars of World Vision’s humanitarian work in South Sudan. We have reached more than 940,000 people with aid since the conflict began in December 2013.

Video©2017 World Vision

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