WFP Warns of Massive Food Deficit in Southern Sudan!

by Hassan Ahmed

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) warned this month, as Sudan marks the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, that southern Sudan faces massive food deficit fuelled by drought and widespread insecurity.

The program announced that efforts have made to feed 11 million Sudanese people across the country! Among those people the program aims to feed this year, are 4.5 million people in southern Sudan.

Reports say drought has pushed cereal prices high up and livestock prices down. Widespread insecurity has displaced many families from their towns and villages. In addition, intertribal fighting killed more than 2,500 people last year and displaced over 350,000 people.

The program faced difficulties in June last year when rebels attacked the river boats that carried food from the World Food Program to the displaced people and cut distribution to force the program to depend on airdrops to get food to people who need it.

Tribal tensions could further disrupt the program operations this year and that is what the program fears.

The peace agreement seems about to fall before the coming fall in the country.

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