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South Sudan: Famine

Question for Department for International Development

UIN HL5624, tabled on 27 February 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Bates on 23 February (HL Deb, col 411), what humanitarian access is available to NGOs in Unity State; and what is their estimate of the percentage of South Sudan’s population that remains inaccessible to agencies seeking to provide food to those affected by famine.

Answered on

8 March 2017

The UK, with international partners is applying strong pressure on South Sudan’s leaders to stop the fighting, find an inclusive political solution to the conflict, and allow unfettered humanitarian access.

There are currently 3.4million people displaced by the conflict, 1.5million of whom have become refugees in surrounding countries. Approximately 1million children are currently affected by malnutrition including 250,000 who are severely malnourished.

More than 1million people are on the brink of famine across the country but it is impossible to provide accurate figures for those who are beyond the reach of humanitarian organisations due to the unpredictable nature of the conflict and access restrictions.