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Meet Jogie: An Action Against Hunger Humanitarian

Since 2008, Jogie Agbogan has worked on the frontlines of humanitarian aid at Action Against Hunger. Now our Nutrition Coordinator for South Sudan, a country that is facing the worst nutrition crisis in the world, Jogie is one of over 5,000 humanitarians at Action Against Hunger who are working collectively to end hunger.

Obama praises U.S.-Africa summit as an ‘extraordinary event’

President Obama wrapped up a three-day summit with African leaders Wednesday...In his meeting with South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward R. Royce raised the issue that the conflict there has impeded assistance in the region. Silke Pietzsch, technical director for Action Against Hunger, said that in May, her group identified 176,000 children who faced serious or acute malnutrition in the country, along with 420,000 more who were experiencing  moderate malnutrition.

Group calls attention to Sudan famine as Obama, African leaders feast

As president Obama hosts a sumptuous, high-calorie feast Tuesday night for African leaders and nearly 400 other guests at the White House, a nonprofit group is urging the attendees not to forget the starving people in South Sudan. Action Against Hunger said more than 7 million South Sudanese are suffering from famine brought on by floods and political strife. “The level of malnourished children is shocking,” said Colin McIlreavy, the group’s director of operations.

Action Against Hunger Condemns Violence Against Humanitarian Workers, Mourns Loss of Colleague

Action Against Hunger (ACF International) strongly condemns the recent violence against humanitarian aid workers in South Sudan as we mourn the loss of our great friend and longtime colleague Gabriel Yien Gach, who was killed on Monday, August 4, 2014, in Maban County in South Sudan.

South Sudanese Refugees Seek Shelter in Leitchor, Ethiopia

The conflict that began in South Sudan in December 2013 has forced 1.5 million people to flee their homes in search of safety. Over 400,000 of these people have crossed the border, becoming refugees in neighboring countries. Not only are they starting their lives over, they are starting with few resources if any at all. In Ethiopia, there are over 160,000 South Sudanese refugees and over 47,000 live in the Leitchor refugee camp, in the country’s west.

World’s Youngest Nation Marks 3rd Anniversary Amid Mounting Crisis

NEW YORK—July 3, 2014—Just three short years ago on July 9th, euphoria was felt nationwide as South Sudan declared its independence. This Independence Day stands in stark contrast, the harsh reality of conflict and suffering casting a deep shadow on the fragile nation, which is now in the midst of the worst humanitarian crisis of its nascent history.  Since conflict erupted in December 2013, 1.5 million South Sudanese have fled their homes in search of safety, nearly 400,000 of those fleeing as refugees to neighboring Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Growing Food Insecurity in South Sudan Triggers Emergency Response

BENTIU—June 26, 2014— Due to the quick surge in food insecurity for millions of South Sudanese, Action Against Hunger has deployed our Nutrition Emergency Team (NET) to tackle the current threats, and prepare for the growing needs of the population. The number of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) has risen to 1.1 million this month— a staggering number that has a huge effect on food insecurity in South Sudan.

Cholera Outbreak Slowly Stabilizes in Southern Juba

JUBA—June 19, 2014— Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, is not an easy city to navigate. While a few of the main roads that connect government buildings are paved and cared for, the vast majority of roads consist of nothing more than dirt and dust. Since July 2011, Juba has undergone the most rapid urban expansion it has ever seen with tremendous population growth and infrastructural development. Unfortunately the expansion, along with the current political conflict, has made Juba one of the most chaotic and disjointed cities in northeast Africa.

Response Spreads to Southern Juba to Protect Families from Cholera

JUBA—June 17, 2014— John Jenis, a proud father of five, is now the parent of four—he had to bury his three- year-old son last week. His little boy first started showing symptoms of cholera one recent morning, and passed away later that evening at Juba Hospital. It was that fast. “I think he got sick from playing with the dirty water next to our house; the kids always do it, even if I try to stop them. If I am around, I can protect them but if I am at work then they may even drink this water,” he explained with his other young children surrounding him.

To Combat Cholera, Community and Humanitarians Unite

JUBA—June 12, 2014— The Action Against Hunger Cholera Emergency Response Team is working in the Tongping, Amarat, Gonya, and Ministries neighborhoods of South Sudan’s capital, Juba; these are four neighborhoods where cholera is present.

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Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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