South Sudan: Famine

Department for International Development written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Bates on 23 February (HL Deb, col 411), what humanitarian access is available to NGOs in Unity State; and what is their estimate of the percentage of South Sudan’s population that remains inaccessible to agencies seeking to provide food to those affected by famine.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Bates on 23 February (HL Deb, col 411), what progress has been made in ending South Sudan’s civil war; and how many people they estimate (1) have been displaced, or (2) have become refugees, as a consequence of the war and conflicts in the neighbouring areas of the Republic of Sudan.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Bates on 23 February (HL Deb, col 411), what is their estimate of the number of children in South Sudan now affected by malnutrition.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The UK, with international partners is applying strong pressure on South Sudan’s leaders to stop the fighting, find an inclusive political solution to the conflict, and allow unfettered humanitarian access.

There are currently 3.4million people displaced by the conflict, 1.5million of whom have become refugees in surrounding countries. Approximately 1million children are currently affected by malnutrition including 250,000 who are severely malnourished.

More than 1million people are on the brink of famine across the country but it is impossible to provide accurate figures for those who are beyond the reach of humanitarian organisations due to the unpredictable nature of the conflict and access restrictions.

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