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The World Food Program suspends aid for 100,000 displaced people in South Sudan for 3 months


The United Nations World Food Program has announced that it will suspend food assistance to more than 100,000 displaced people in parts of South Sudan for a period of three months starting in October as part of this year's funding shortfall-driven prioritization process.


As of October, the 106,000 IDPs in camps in Wau, Juba and Southern Bor will not receive monthly food rations for the next three months until the new year, when the World Food Program will resume its monthly food assistance to IDPs in those camps from January to September 2022.


Matthew Hollingworth, WFP Representative in South Sudan: “We are forced to make these painful decisions and draw on our limited resources to meet the critical needs of people who were on the brink of famine and now risk sliding back into disaster if their access to food dwindles.”


“If funding levels continue to fall, we may have no choice but to make further cuts as the needs of vulnerable communities continue to outpace available resources,” Hollingworth said. Over the next four months, WFP needs an additional $154 million to provide food assistance. in sufficient quantities.


Pointing out that the three-month suspension is part of a broader cut in food aid announced by the World Food Program in April in all camps affecting 700,000 refugees and internally displaced people who are now receiving half the calories contained in a WFP food ration.


WFP is prioritizing its emergency life-saving food assistance in 10 hard-to-reach counties where people are in emergency or catastrophic levels of hunger including Pibor, Akobo, Tong North, Tong South, Tong East, Oil South, Bor South, Twick East, Duke and Iod.


Food insecurity in South Sudan has increased in the past few years and currently affects more than 60 percent of the country's population.

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