From crisis to catastrophe: South Sudan’s man-made crisis – and how the world must act now to prevent catastrophe in 2015

This joint agency briefing note, signed by CARE and 35 other aid agencies, warns that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worst food crisis – could fall into famine early in 2015 if the nine-month-long conflict escalates as expected. The report calls for vigorous diplomacy and the delivery of more aid to those who need it.

The agencies fear that efforts to prevent the crisis from deteriorating will falter as rival sides regroup ready to resume violence once the rainy season ends. The number of people facing dangerous levels of hunger is expected to increase by 1 million between January and March 2015.

The report calls for neighbouring governments and the wider international community to redouble diplomatic efforts to put real pressure on the parties to the conflict to end the fighting, including an arms embargo.

The agencies also call for an increase in both the quantity and quality of the aid effort.

  • Countries: South Sudan
  • Co-authors: Joint Agency Briefing Note
  • Published: October 2014

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