South Sudan appeal

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South Sudan appeal

Conflict, poverty and failed harvest are pushing families in South Sudan to the brink of starvation. Hunger is rampant, with 3.9 million people facing severe food insecurity. Hundreds of thousands of children are in danger of starvation.

Achol Wek Deug was suffering from severe malnutrition when she came to Concern’s Nutrition Centre in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. She is now getting the life-saving, therapeutic food she needs. Photograph taken by Kevin Carroll / Concern Worldwide.

Achol's story

Achol Wek Deug was just 18 months old when she arrived at our Nutrition Centre in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. By then, malnutrition had already taken its toll on her frail, young body. We measured her weight at just 12 pounds – the same as that of healthy two-month-old baby.   

Since her mother passed away, Achol has been cared for by her aunt, Achok Garang. Achok told us that little Achol had "nothing to eat, nothing at all". 

Severe malnutrition

This food deprivation was having a painfully severe effect on Achol’s health. At our centre, measurements of Achol’s weight, height and showed that she was in the “red zone”, meaning severe malnutrition.

 

 

When she was stronger and healthier she played with the local children … but I noticed she was not eating and seemed generally unwell. She was not herself.

- Achok Garang, Achol’s aunt

Thankfully, Achol reached us in time. She responded well to the appetite test and is now feeding on peanut paste – the life-saving, therapeutic food she needs – and is being monitored.

Our work in South Sudan

We urgently need your support to prevent other children in South Sudan from starving.

A toxic combination of conflict, poverty and failed harvests has led to hundreds of thousands of cases like that of Achol. Some 680,000 children are acutely malnourished, 230,000 of them severely. And the situation is deteriorating – since the beginning of 2016 the number of children arriving at our nutrition centres nearly doubled.

Concern is there. We’ve already provided nutrition and medical services to nearly 62,000 mothers and children across the country. With 3.9 million people in total facing severe food insecurity, we simply must do more. And we need your support to do it.

You can help

Your support can provide sachets of ready-to-eat, emergency food to children like Achol in danger of starvation.

A donation of €60 could provide six weeks of therapeutic food sachets to get two severely malnourished children back to health. Meanwhile, €100 could provide food vouchers and rations to give 10 families one month worth of food.

Your gift will directly help families in South Sudan.

I am happy Achol has received some peanut paste today. This is a good programme and I am happy it is here.

- Achok Garang, Achol’s aunt