World's Youngest Country Becomes The First To Face Famine In 6 Years

One in five families do not have enough food to meet basic nutrition requirements and four out of every 10,000 children die each day.

Just a few weeks ago, a report by the United Nations stated that the world is facing the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.

Now, according to the U.N. News Centre, South Sudan has officially become the first country in six years to face famine.

A country is classified as facing famine when it meets three criteria: four out of every 10,000 children die on a daily basis, one in five families do not have enough food to meet basic nutritional requirements and one in three people are severely malnourished, making it impossible for them to perform daily tasks.

With the current situation in South Sudan, 1 million men, women and children are on the brink of starvation. Moreover, 4.9 million people, which constitutes more than 40 percent of South Sudan's population, are in need of urgent food placing them on the brink of starvation.

According to PLAN South Sudan, girls are the ones that suffer the most in such cases, and right now 100,000 girls in the hunger-struck country are facing severe consequences of the famine.

Images and videos from South Sudan show children who are so severely malnourished, they appear skeletal. Eye witnesses and news reports state that these youngsters are never seen smiling or playing around as every ounce of energy is used in keeping their organs functional.

“Famine has become a tragic reality in parts of South Sudan and our worst fears have been realized,” said Serge Tissot, the Food and Agriculture Organization representative in South Sudan.

“Many families have exhausted every means they have to survive,” he added.

“We have also warned that there is only so much that humanitarian assistance can achieve in the absence of meaningful peace and security, both for relief workers and the crisis-affected people they serve,” WFP Country Director Joyce Luma said of the situation.

To learn more about the ongoing crisis, check out the video above. 

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