South Sudan: Famine

Department for International Development written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment her Department has made of the practicability of delivering emergency aid into areas affected by the UN-declared famine in South Sudan.

Photo of James Wharton James Wharton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The famine in South Sudan is man-made. Despite recent assurances from the President that access would be granted to all areas of the country, aid supplies were again prevented from reaching certain areas this weekend. We will be working closely with our partners to monitor the situation and will continue to call on all sides to lay down their arms and allow unrestricted access for the UN Mission in South Sudan and humanitarian organisations to ensure aid can get to where it is needed.

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