Save the Children today warned of an increased “risk of famine” in South Sudan, where historic floods threaten to hit the country in the coming months. young people in the world, independent from Sudan since 2011, “are on alert for an imminent human and climate catastrophe in the coming months”, according to a statement from the British Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) as South Sudan could suffer “its worst floods in 60 years, which will bring some parts of the country to the brink of famine.” Save The Children bases its analysis on data from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network – an organization that works to predict and respond to famine and other forms of food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa funded by the United States Government – which “shows that massive flooding will contribute to the risk of famine in South Sudan between June 2024 and January 2025”. are expected to be most affected “they have already faced years of conflict, famine, rising food prices, previous floods and, more recently, a recent influx of refugees and returnees following the 15-month conflict in Sudan”. Famine was declared in South Sudan in 2017 in Leer and Mayendit counties in Unity State. According to the British NGO, Unity state is one of the most vulnerable to famine due to flooding. Despite its oil wealth, the South Sudan, one of the poorest countries in the world, has struggled to find its footing since independence in 2011 and is facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. In 2018, a peace agreement ended a civil war that had been raging since 2013, providing for the creation of a Government of national unity, with Salva Kiir as President and his rival Riek Machar as Vice-President, the two men who were at the center of the civil war that caused almost 400,000 deaths and millions of displaced people. Since then , the country has been plagued by anarchy, outbreaks of communal violence, chronic political disputes and natural disasters. According to Save the Children, around nine million people – 75 percent of the population – including almost five million children, need humanitarian aid.The crisis is worsened by the return of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees who fled the brutal war in Sudan.South Sudan has also been deprived of vital oil revenues due to the shutdown of a damaged pipeline in Sudan. (RM-NM)Source:Rádio Moçambique Online

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