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World Food Program has to Cut 1.7 Million Starving Rations

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Around 1.7 million people in South Sudan will soon be left with nothing: the World Food Program (WFP) is unable to provide food for the hungry there – also because of insufficient donations.

 

Two-thirds of the residents actually need help with their livelihood.

The World Food Program (WFP) is forced to suspend food rations for 1.7 million starving people in South Sudan due to a lack of donations. The money is only enough for 4.4 million people, Adeyinka Badejo-Sanogo, acting WFP director in South Sudan, told reporters in Geneva via video link from the capital Juba.

The rations of grain, legumes, cooking oil and salt should have been halved last year. Two-thirds of the eleven million inhabitants actually needed support, she said. “We are working to avert famine,” said Badejo-Sanogo.

The country is struggling with numerous crises at the same time. These included the consequences of severe flooding, droughts in other parts of the country, internal conflicts and rising food prices worldwide as a result of the Russian war against Ukraine.

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