SOUTH SUDAN / HUNGER CRISIS

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South Sudan is facing the highest levels of food insecurity since the country declared independence ten years ago, WITH Hard-to-reach areas in six counties at “risk of famine”, according to the Famine Review Committee’s report released in December 2020. WFP

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / HUNGER CRISIS
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SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: LOU-NUER / MURLE / ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 5-6 FEBRUARY / 2-4 JANUARY 2021, JONGLEI STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

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5 FEBRUARY 2021, VERTET, JONGLEI STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Various shots, dead cattle, killed by floods
2. Med shot, old man in a tent

4 JANUARY 2021, AKOBO, JONGLEI STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

3. Tracking shot, huts submerged in floodwater
4. Wide shot, women carrying firewood wading floodwater

2 JANUARY 2021, NYANDIT, JONGLEI STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

5. Various shots, vehicle destroyed by floods
6. Tracking shot, boat arriving in Nyandit
7. SOUNDBITE (Lou-Nuer) Nyal Chol Liech Muon, widowed mother of four:
“I was desperate when the floods came. No one helped me. My husband was killed in the fighting. Everyone in the area fled and I was left alone with my children but I chose to stay behind. The fear of being homeless and my children having to beg for food was greater than my fear of the floods.”

5 FEBRUARY 2021, VERTET, PIBOR, JONGLEI STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

8. Various shots, mothers with children being tested for malnutrition
9. Wide shot, Beasley disembarking WFP helicopter
10. Wide shot, Beasley speaking with Kavagoch Koli , widowed mother of five
11. Close up, pot with meal prepared by Koli
12. SOUNDBITE (Murle) Kavagoch Koli, widowed mother of five:
“When the food is finished and the pots are empty, life becomes very hard for us.”

6 FEBRUARY 2021, VERTET, PIBOR, JONGLEI STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

13. Various shots, WFP airdrop and people collecting food

5 FEBRUARY 2021, VERTET, PIBOR, JONGLEI STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

14. SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, Executive Director, WFP:
“This village of about 8,000 people wouldn’t survive if it weren’t for the World Food Programme, and hopefully if we can end the conflict and work with the tribal leaders and the villagers here, then we can build dykes and harvest the water such that we won’t even have to be here again. But right now, they are barely surviving, if we weren’t here, people would be dying; there would be famine right now .”

2 JANUARY 2021, AKOBO, JONGLEI STATE, SOUTH SUDAN

15. Various shots, Nyal Chol preparing a meal for her children with WFP ration

STORYLINE:

South Sudan is facing the highest levels of food insecurity since the country declared independence ten years ago, WITH Hard-to-reach areas in six counties at “risk of famine”, according to the Famine Review Committee’s report released in December 2020.

A hunger crisis looms where 60 percent (7.24 million) of the country’s population is increasingly hungry due to chronic sporadic violence, extreme weather patterns and the economic impact of COVID-19.

Intense conflict from in the first half of 2020 in Pibor County was followed by severe floods, triggering mass population displacement and loss of food sources. Farmers could not cultivate their land and many lost their livestock to raids or disease.

SOUNDBITE (Lou-Nuer) Nyal Chol Liech Muon, widowed mother of four:
“I was desperate when the floods came. No one helped me. My husband was killed in the fighting. Everyone in the area fled and I was left alone with my children but I chose to stay behind. The fear of being homeless and my children having to beg for food was greater than my fear of the floods.”

WFP began scaling up its emergency food assistance last year in six counties, Akobo, Pibor, Aweil west, Tonj North, Tonj South and Tonj East, where one million people live, including 108,000 people who are extremely food insecure and struggle in a desperate daily quest for food.

In January 2021, WFP reached 195,000 vulnerable people across these six counties, where we must meet people's most basic needs before the lean season takes hold and families on the brink risk tipping into famine.

This year, WFP plans to reach over 5.3 million people in South Sudan with food and nutrition assistance across its emergency, nutrition and livelihoods programmes.

WFP has begun pre-positioning food stocks ahead of the rainy season to ensure crucial food assistance reaches vulnerable populations without delay during the lean season.

In 2020, WFP reached more than 5.2 million people. To boost the local economy, WFP injected more than USD50 million in cash-based transfers, helping people to purchase their preferred foods. The economic impact of COVID-19 pushed people deeper into poverty and millions of families struggle to put food on the table.

The future of South Sudan depends on real peace and stability. While the causes of hunger are many, the biggest driver is conflict leading to displacements and loss of livelihoods. WFP’s food assistance and livelihoods programmes help to lay the foundation for peace by providing hope to the hungry and creating opportunities to pull people out of poverty.
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