WFP: Sudan faces the biggest hunger crisis in its history


Berlin / Juba, March 6, 2024 - According to the UN World Food Programme, Sudan is facing the world's worst hunger crisis as war continues.

WFP ED Cindy McCain meets refugees in Juba 
WFP ED Cindy McCain meets refugees in Juba© WFP (source X)
WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain said during a visit to South Sudan, where she met with refugees from the neighboring country.

The war in Sudan risks triggering the world's largest hunger crisis. 20 years ago, Darfur was the world's largest hunger crisis and the world rallied to respond. But today, the people of Sudan have been forgotten. Millions of lives and the peace and stability of an entire region are at stake.

More than 25 million people in Sudan, South Sudan and Chad are trapped in a spiral of escalating hunger, according to the World Food Program.

Currently, 90 percent of the people suffering from hunger are in areas that are inaccessible to aid workers. More and more people are fleeing to South Sudan or Chad, but humanitarian aid in the region is also reaching its limits.

As the second largest donor, Germany supports WFP in providing families with cash to buy food as soon as they cross the border.

Background information

In Sudan, the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been waging war against each other in an escalated power struggle since April 2023. Since then, thousands of people have been killed and more than eight million displaced.

The World Food Programme urgently needs unhindered access to Sudan to combat escalating hunger, as well as financial support to respond to the spread of the humanitarian crisis to neighboring countries.

A ceasefire and lasting peace are the only way to prevent a catastrophe.

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