Almost every second person in South Sudan is in need of food assistance, warns CARE

Juba, South Sudan, February 26, 2018:  5.3 million people in South Sudan are in urgent need of food assistance, warns international aid organisation CARE.

According to released Integrated Food Security Phrase Classification (IPC) analysis 48 percent of the population are in urgent need of food aid.

The report further warns that about 1 million people are in imminent danger of starvation if they do not receive food assistance immediately.  

Up to 7. 1 million people might not have enough to eat from May to July, a record high in the number of food insecurity the country has ever faced. 

CARE Country Director, Rosalind Crowther, said:

 What we’re witnessing is beyond human imagination. We’ve seen the hunger in South Sudan get worse every year, and every year agencies like CARE do their best to respond. But the needs keep growing and we’re seeing more hunger in more places. We’re especially seeing a significant increase in malnutrition among children in communities where CARE is working.

She continues:

Women and girls are being forced to take the most drastic measures in order to survive. CARE is supporting the affected women and girls, with information where they can go for legal and counselling assistance. We have also set up facilities where the women get medical and psychosocial support.

The use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war by parties to the conflict has created untold trauma among the South Sudanese population. Many of those seeking refuge are women and girls, often targets of further gender violence as they make their arduous journeys.

Since last year, the country has witnessed escalating conflict, which has forced many South Sudanese to flee their homes. The situation remains serious such that many farmers have abandoned their fields due to insecurity. It is projected that South Sudan will have a 482 000 metric tonnes deficit of estimated cereal needs in 2018.  

So far, CARE has distributed more than USD 13 million worth of food assistance to more than half a million people in Unity, Jonglei, Upper Nile and Eastern Equatorial states in the past twelve months. But it remains a drop in a relentlessly expanding ocean.

Crowther continues:

Our resources are stretched. There’s an urgent need for donors and the humanitarian community to step up our assistance so we can reach more people. If we don’t, the repercussions could be catastrophic.

Since the conflict began in December 2013, more than 4 million South Sudanese have fled their homes. Nearly 90 per cent of the forcibly displaced are women and children and nearly 65 per cent are under 18. Over 2 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries but more than 1.9 million remain in South Sudan, living in host communities or Protection of Civilian (PoCs) sites.


Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty.

Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached more than 80 million people around the world. 

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