South Sudan: Malnutrition:Written question - HL5629

Asked on: 27 February 2017
Department for International Development
South Sudan: Malnutrition
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Bates on 23 February (HL Deb, col 411), what is their estimate of the number of children in South Sudan now affected by malnutrition.
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Answered by: Lord Bates
Answered on: 08 March 2017

The UK, with international partners is applying strong pressure on South Sudan’s leaders to stop the fighting, find an inclusive political solution to the conflict, and allow unfettered humanitarian access.

There are currently 3.4million people displaced by the conflict, 1.5million of whom have become refugees in surrounding countries. Approximately 1million children are currently affected by malnutrition including 250,000 who are severely malnourished.

More than 1million people are on the brink of famine across the country but it is impossible to provide accurate figures for those who are beyond the reach of humanitarian organisations due to the unpredictable nature of the conflict and access restrictions.

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