South Sudan: Aid group warns of starvation ahead of lean season

Children lines up for food nutrition at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, January 2018 (Photo credit: World Vision)

October 21st 2018 (Nyamilepedia) –  A humanitarian agency have raised a red flag warning international donors about a possible starvation as the lean season approaches and there are no roads to deliver humanitarian supplies amidst deteriorating security situation in South Sudan.

The Smile Again Africa Development Organization (SAADO) has opted to use local canoes to navigate the river for over 15km to reach over 13,000 thousands people who have been at risk of starvation in Mayen Pajok, Warrap.

The Smile Again Africa Development Organization (SAADO) is a nonprofit humanitarian agency dedicated to supporting vulnerable families and help them realize their full potential, it also promotes justice and fights for mitigation the impacts of hunger in the country at large.

Threats of imminent starvation have been reported in the last few days, the humanitarian agencies working in South Sudan warned that, more than six million people in South Sudan are in dire need of humanitarian life-saving aid, with more than one million children to be affected if not alleviated.

South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 following a flare-up of violence at a National Convention of the ruling SPLM party igniting a split in the army between supporters of President Salva Kiir Mayardiit and former vice president Dr. Riek Machar Teny who is now leading an armed rebellion against Kiir’s government.

The bloody South Sudan civil war has wrecked and devastated the country with millions displaced from their homes and thousands of civilians killed along ethnic lines according to reports by international organizations.

South Sudan President and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon signed the long-awaited revitalize deal in the Ethiopian capital last month in an effort brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to end the five-year old conflict.

International players have ramped up pressure on South Sudan warring parties demanding immediate implementation of the revitalized peace agreement signed last month in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.