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Hunger in South Sudan worse than ever

In different parts of the country, Malteser International distributes seeds and tools and trains people in agricultural cultivation methods. Photo: Malteser International

Maway Atiem is 70 years old, blind and lives in a camp near the town of Wau. As a refugee with a disability, he is dependent on support. In Masna Camp, he received cash from Malteser International. Photo: Malteser International

Since the founding of the state 11 years ago, never before have so many people suffered from hunger.

Cologne/Juba. Rising prices on the world market, severe impacts of climate change and economic consequences of the pandemic lead to almost two-thirds of the population in South Sudan depending on aid. According to the UN, 7.7 million people are currently unable to feed themselves adequately.

"This is an alarming situation. At the same time, it is becoming more difficult for us to provide enough food for the people in need. As a result of rising prices for wheat, cooking oil and gasoline, our aid deliveries are becoming more expensive and we reach fewer people. In addition, the UN has been forced to cut food assistance in South Sudan due to lack of funds. We urgently need more funding to fight this hunger crisis. Otherwise, people in South Sudan, especially women and children, will starve," says Roland Hansen, Head of the Africa Department at Malteser International.

In recent years, the civil war in South Sudan has forced people in rural areas to flee the ongoing violence. Many fled to urban areas and suburbs. The enormous increase in population in these areas exacerbated food shortages and lack of clean water. People are suffering from hunger, malnutrition and undernourishment.

Since 1996, Malteser International has been working in the region which is now part of South Sudan and is committed to improving the living conditions of the South Sudanese. The projects focus on safe access to water, sanitation and adequate nutrition.


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Roland Hansen, Head of the Africa Department of Malteser International is available for interviews and sound bites.
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Katharina Kiecol
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