South Sudan's "catastrophic" food security situation of grave concern

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H.E. Eugène-Richard Gasana, Rwanda Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

The food security situation in South Sudan has been described as "catastrophic and the worst in the world".

The current President of the UN Security Council, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana of Rwanda shared these remarks with the press late on Friday.

The crisis in South Sudan may soon reach the threshold of famine as a result of continued conflict, civilian targeting, and displacement, the statement read.

Back in May, $618 million in new funding for both South Sudan and the region were pledged at the Humanitarian Pledging Conference in Oslo.

All UN Member States are being urged to fulfil their pledges and increase their commitments.

The funds are critically needed now to provide life-saving aid, Ambassador Gasana underscored.

Meanwhile two UN agencies are warning that the children of South Sudan cannot wait for famine before the world acts.

Nearly 1 million children under five years of age in South Sudan are severely malnourished, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF and the World Food Programme, WFP.

The conflict is focused in three states of South Sudan.

The two agencies stress that close to 4 million people face dangerous levels of food insecurity and many do not know where their next meal is coming from.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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