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Save the Children: 20,000 children risk starving to death in S. Sudan

A child in Juba waits for milk expected to help him recover from malnutrition|Credit|UNHCR

Save the children has warned that 20,000 children are at risk of dying from hunger-related conditions before the end of this year in the country.

Early this month, the National Bureau of Statistics and UN agencies released a report warning that parts of greater Jonglei, Unity, Upper Nile, and Western Bahr El Ghazal states are expected to face acute food shortages early next year.

The report indicated that over six million people face Phase 3 food crises which are classified under the Integrated Food Security as the worst acute food insecurity.

In a statement seen by Eye Radio over the weekend, the agency said the children are among 270,000 who are severely malnourished and at risk of starvation in the four regions.

Safe the children said “the near-famine is a rapid and worrying increase compared to 2017, in which famine was only declared in one state.”

The agency attributes this to continuing conflict in the areas it said is limiting access by humanitarian organisations.

Besides, it added that “reduced aid funding makes it difficult to provide assistance to malnourished children.”

Authorities in the respective states are yet to comment on the report.