Severe malnutrition has hit the war-torn south Sudan and put more than 250,000 children lives at risk of imminent death.
Fore revealed that severe malnutrition is getting stronger in south Sudan
A United Nation officer, Henrietta H. Fore issued the stark warning after his two-day visit to the country affected areas during five years long civil war. Henrietta H. Fore is executive director of the UN children’s agency (UNICEF).
She told that “It’s serious here in South Sudan.We are very worried that a quarter of a million children are going to be facing death this year before July.”
The civil war started in 2013 after President Salva Kiir alleged his former deputy Riek Machar over plotting a revolution. The cope has destroyed agricultural production in East African country.
She further said;
“The violence has meant that many of the farmers have run away from their fields. They are afraid to farm, and as a result there is just no food in the markets.”
Fore also revealed the current situation of South Sudan. The southern part was now moving towards the dry season, which meant for less food and water availability.
“The acute and severe malnutrition is growing stronger”.
UNICEF said that the conflict has resulted in the death of tens of thousands and the dislodgment of a quarter of 12 million country’s population. It has also affected half of its child population.
Since the war broke out, around 2.4 million children have forced to escape from their homes. More than 2,300 children killed whereas 19,000 have employed into armed groups.
The agency also documented 1,200 cases of sexual violence against children. It further added that 70 percent of children are not getting proper education due to scarcity of schools.
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