South Sudan: Government Pledges to Fend-Off the Famine Threatening Kapoeta

press release

Juba — The government of the Republic of South Sudan has pledged to rescue the famine situation caused by poor harvest in greater Kapoeta following the appeal raised by authorities from Eastern Equatoria state.

This was announced the Humanitarian Affairs minister, Joseph Lual Acuil who said the ministry and some of UN agencies are prepared and working to put an end to the alarming famine which is expected to worsen by May of this year.

So far a report from the commissioners of greater Kapoeta indicates that up to this moment over ten people, mostly women and children, are reported to have died of hunger while many more suffering from malnutrition. The commissioners said there are no sufficient food items in the markets of four counties of greater Kapoeta.

Hon. Acuil disclosed that UNICEF is now on the ground tackling the growing problem of malnutrition facing young children. He further appealed to the authorities in the ministry of Roads and Bridges to quickly fix the bridge connecting Kapoeta East to facilitate transportation of aid.

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