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80,000 people suffer hunger in EES

Author : Rose Awut | Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Women shop in Kapoeta market

Severe hunger has affected nearly eighty thousand people in Eastern Equatoria state, as the current drought continues to cause crop failures in the region.

Since the beginning of this year, farmers have had to contend with an absence of rain, and growth of their crops has been greatly affected.

“The state is under extreme threat of hunger – forcing people to migrate in search of food,” the state minister of Information, Felix Otudwa, told Eye Radio.

“This time round, it has failed completely and it has already affected many people…..all the Taposa now have migrated with their cattle to Lopa County  …while Lebuya have also migrated to Torit.”

Mister Felix appealed to the government and non-governmental organizations for humanitarian assistance, to ease the crisis.

Earlier this year, Eastern Equatorial region reported a hunger crisis in the state after famine killed at least 10 people in the area.

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