The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OOCHA) has warned that nearly 10 million people in South Sudan will need food aid in 2023.
According to the 2023 South Sudan Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) report recently released on Friday, nearly a third of 12.4 million people living in South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity.
The report stated that humanitarian conditions have been worsened by endemic violence, conflict, access constraints, operational interference, public health challenges and climate change effects such as flooding and drought.
The need for assistance will be greatest in counties in the Upper Nile and Western Equatoria States that have been facing conflict.
“Something has to change in South Sudan because the number of people in need continues to rise every year, and the resources continue to decrease,” said
The Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Sara Beysolow Nyanti urged the government to ensure conditions of peace and to foster development in order to reduce the need for humanitarian aid.