A rise in hostilities is creating a potential humanitarian disaster for displaced South Sudanese people
Friday June 19, 2015
ICRC has been providing food, agricultural and medical support In South Sudan for the past two years. Photo: Jacob Zocherman
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is warning that thousands of South Sudanese face starvation - as well as attack - as they escape hostilities in their homeland.
Violence has forced over two million South Sudanese people to flee their homes in the past two years. While ICRC has been providing food, agricultural and medical support to communities affected by the fighting, the situation has worsened, with more than 100,000 people being displaced in the last four weeks alone.
"The renewed fighting is creating more displacement. People are leaving their homes, running with a lack of food," says ICRC nutritionist Marijka van Klinken. "The hunger gap this year will be much more intense than it usually is because of the market access being disrupted by the conflict and the economic crisis. This means that people will no longer have access to food once their food stocks have been depleted."
Head of ICRC operations for Eastern Africa, Eric Marclay, says that medical teams have also had to tend to non-combatants wounded in direct attacks. Under international humanitarian law, people not taking part in fighting must not be attacked.
"There is an urgent need for civilians to be respected, unconditionally. Warring parties, the international community and aid agencies must take immediate, sustained and wide-ranging action."
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