In 2015, South Sudan was beginning to feel hope, again. After decades of instability and a heart-breaking civil war, peace was again reinstated in the world's newest country, South Sudan.
Fast forward to 2021, just ten years after the country gained independence and South Sudan and its people are being displaced at record levels with severe hunger and famine looming.
It’s a devastating reminder of how things can change in an instant and then escalate — war, violence, gender-based violence, economic breakdowns, Covid-19, drought, and crop failures have ensured South Sudan's bright future needs the world to act, now.
Fleeing for their lives, mother of five Monica Nyanut and her family are now displaced. They make up the 2.2 million South Sudanese who are clinging to the edge of existence with a long and uncertain road ahead of them.
“Before the clashes, I lived and supported my family well. Our farm also supplemented us with food. But the recent circumstances have robbed us of a good life.”
“As a mother, it hurts me when my family sleeps hungry,” she adds.
“Life is more difficult, and we often eat once a day. My shop was not doing well since most of the customers have fled for safety in other parts of the country. Without this food aid, many people in Tonj North would die of hunger,” says Monica.
Emmanuel Ondogo & Jemima Tumalu
Food insecurity is a threat to the lives of displaced people and refugees in South Sudan. In 2017, famine was declared in areas of the country, and with continuing unrest, it is only getting worse.
While food is critical for survival, getting aid to where it needs to be can prove difficult in dangerous and complex places. World Vision’s Food Assistance Project partners with the World Food Programme to distribute maize, vegetable oil, beans, salt, and therapeutic foods to the internally displaced people in areas of South Sudan.
In March 2021 alone, over 64,000 people, 42,579 of them children, were supported through general food distribution, school feeding and supplementary feeding programmes.
In places like South Sudan, DRC and Afghanistan food is more than a meal, it's survival.
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