Believers feed the hungry as South Sudan braces for famine

Mary harvests and shows the vegetables she has harvested from seeds originally provided by WC. She is able to eat and sell the vegetables and replant seeds grown by the plants in Aluelweng Village. (Photo by Daryl Finley)

2021 is a critical year for South Sudan. “In the next 12 months or so, about 60-percent of the total population of South Sudan is expected to be food insecure,” World Concern’s Joshua Bundi says.

Experts say South Sudan is on the brink of famine, facing the highest food insecurity and malnutrition levels in a decade. If nothing changes, the World Health Organization reports, acute malnutrition will be the leading cause of death for children under five.

“About 1.4 million children under five years [old] are likely to [be malnourished], which is the highest number since 2013. It’s quite worrying because this [is] a very high number.”

The United Nations is already preparing food aid for the upcoming rainy season. “[The] rainy season begins around June [and lasts] to October when they do harvest,” Bundi explains.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Intercede for suffering people in South Sudan. Ask the Lord to encourage them, and bring them hope.
  • Pray for needed resources so World Concern and its partner churches can deliver food aid to more people in South Sudan.

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