The World Food Program (WFP) warned Monday that it would suspend food aid to more than 100,000 displaced people in parts of South Sudan for three months from October due to lack of funds.
Matthew Hollingworth, Representative and Country Director of the WFP in South Sudan, said the UN Food Agency needed an additional $ 154 million to provide sufficient food aid.
“If funding continues to decline, we may have no choice but to make further cuts, as the needs of communities at risk continue to exceed available resources, “Hollingworth said in a statement published in Juba.
The WFP said while generous donations from donors have enabled it to reach millions of needy with lifesaving aid Many vulnerable people in crisis areas still suffer from the highest level of food insecurity and can be sustainable without it Some of the food aid don’t survive.
A prioritization exercise fueled by funding shortages says some 106,000 people displaced from camps in Wau, Juba and Bor South will begin in October for the next No monthly food rations for three months and until the New Year.
WFP will resume its monthly food aid for internally displaced persons in these camps from January to September 2022.
“Drastic times call for drastic Measures. We are being forced to make these painful decisions and exhaust our limited resources to meet the critical needs of people who were on the verge of starvation and now risk sliding back into disaster if their access to food drops, “Hollingworth said.
He said the three-month suspension was part of a broader food aid cut that the WFP announced in April in all camps, affecting 700,000 refugees and internally displaced persons, who are now half the calorie content of a WFP Food ration received.
Food insecurity in South Sudan has increased in recent years and, according to the UN, affects more than 60 percent of the country’s population.