IN FEBRUARY OF 2014 THE UN REPORTED THE FOLLOWING OBSERVATIONS ABOUT SOUTH SUDAN:
• With a mid-2014 projected population of about
11. 9 million people, which includes about 2 million
returnees from 2008, consuming on average
about 109 kg of cereals per capita per year, the
cereal requirement in 2014 is estimated at
about 1.3 million tonnes. Accordingly, an overall
cereal deficit of about 408,500 tonnes is
estimated in 2014.
• Serious conflict erupted in mid-December 2013 in
Juba, which quickly spread across Central
Equatoria into the eastern regions of Jonglei,
Unity and Upper Nile. South Sudan’s households,
particularly in conflict affected states, largely
depend on markets for their basic staple food
• The supply of commodities to most of South
Sudan mainly takes place overland from Uganda;
this corridor is therefore vulnerable to a wider
spread of insecurity. Should this happen, markets
would be affected in the large areas of South
Sudan that rely on Ugandan trade flows, precisely
at a time when households enter the period when
they source their food predominantly from the
• Significant delays in the planting and/or
decreases in area planted by households (e.g.
abstaining from cultivating “far fields”, i.e. areas
away from the homestead) will lead to reduced
crop production in the conflict affected areas and
result in greater cereal deficits for 2014-2015.
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
and still not
6. 4 Million people in
South Sudan will be
facing various levels of
food shortage by the
end of 2014 and
More than 2 Million of
these are people
forced to flee their
homes due to violent
unrest and civil war.
Mark,myvideographerwassoaffectedthat he could onlylookatthe
horrors through the lens of his camera in order to process it as a
photographer. Otherwise, he was wide‐eyed and looked anywhere but
at the horrors in front of him.
We were in a feeding station far north of Addis Ababa in the early
1980s. The worst famine in Africa was in full and massive vigour.
People were literally dying like flies which triggered one of the largest
single emergency feedings by NGOs (Non‐Governmental [Relief]
Organizations) and governments from around the world.
Most of the people we saw were more bones than flesh.
An emaciated old man (at least he looked old) went in and out of a
small tent made from very dirty old sheet.