South Sudan: Politics and Government

Department for International Development written question – answered on 26th April 2017.

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Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

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

The Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt Hon Priti Patel visited South Sudan on 10 April 2017. Severe food insecurity levels and malnutrition rates, including pockets of famine, continue to worsen alongside an unprecedented dry season and cholera outbreak. The operational environment is significantly constrained with severe access issues and diminishing humanitarian space. Fighting continues across the country, causing widespread displacement and driving the humanitarian crisis. There are 7.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and over 3 million people displaced.

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