A new report by the UN has confirmed that two counties of South Sudan have been plunged into a famine, something the country hasn’t seen in six years.
Serge Tissot, The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) representative in South Sudan said:
Famine has become a tragic reality in parts of South Sudan and our worst fears have been realised. Many families have exhausted every means they have to survive.
Declaring famine means that South Sudanese people have already begun to die of hunger, and the report estimates that around 5.5 million people – approximately 50 per cent of South Sudan’s population – will be lacking access to food, and could die if nothing is done to curb the crisis.
Three years of sectarian violence have meant that the people have been caught in the cross-hairs of a civil war, interrupting the food supply chain.
The upsurge in violence in July rendered crop production impossible in some regions.
Humanitarian crises and loss of life often produce responses in the media, and increasingly via social media.
It was in July that people first pointed out the lack of uproar for South Sudan:
South Sudan 250+ dead, no uproar!
France 84 dead, world devastated. Now ur gonna come tell me all lives matter? GTFOH!
— April Fool's Kid😈😈 (@April Fool's Kid😈😈)
Now, people are questioning #AllLivesMatter once more:
There is a famine in South Sudan. The #alllivesmatter people sure would be helpful right about now...