South Sudan: Stop the famine
New Welthungerhilfe campaign
(Bonn/Bentiu, 04/08/2014) If the world does not act, 3.7 million people in South Sudan will be starving, by the end of September. Rarely, a catastrophe has been predicted so precisely before.
More and more people in South Soudan are already living on only grass and seeds. “As farmers could not till their fields, there will be no harvest this year; the last supplies will be used up by the end of September. Those who escaped the machetes are now in danger of dying from hunger”, says the programme director, Mathias Mogge, who visited the country in May. “Until now the civil war has driven more than 1.5 million people away, and the number is increasing continuously“.
Rarely in the past was it possible to predict a catastrophe with such precision; according to the United Nations (UN), the country is facing “the worst food crisis in the world”. If they do not get help, 50,000 children are at risk of dying this year. Aid organisations are currently taking care of 1.9 million South Sudanese, but according to UN-information, 750 million euros are needed to relieve the worst hardship. “If the international community does not use the window of time before the end of September, it will be too late for the people of Southern Sudan”, says Mogge. “We cannot let a famine such as in the Horn of Africa in 2011 occur again”. That year over ten million people starved to death as the result of a drought.
Welthungerhilfe launched a social media campaign to draw attention on the situation in South Soudan. The famine can be stopped! As part of the campaign Welthungerhilfe is asking the donor countries to keep their promise and to provide the 460 million euros which they already pledged in May.
With the hashtag #ByTheEndOfSeptember, the message / catastrophe warning will be spread through social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The motto: “Don’t say later that you didn’t know”.
- Information about the campaign and about project activities in South Sudan can be found at http://www.welthungerhilfe.de/southsudanendofseptember
- Please contact our press department for interviews with staff members in South Sudan.
- Download >> campaign images here (zip file)
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Download visual for Facebook, Twitter and Co.: Don't say later you didn't know