Photo Story: Combating Malnutrition in South Sudan
Our teams provide lifesaving treatment to conflict-affected families
March is Nutrition Month, and we’re kicking off our coverage in South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation and perhaps the world’s most poignant example of how critical fighting hunger is. This is the world's worst food crisis. Right now, 2.5 million South Sudanese are facing emergency levels of food insecurity.
The following images focus on people who have fled to Warrap state, which has escaped the worst of the conflict, where Action Against Hunger is providing much-needed assistance and treatment for malnutrition.
More than a year of conflict has left a devastating mark on the world’s youngest country. Families have been plunged into unimaginable chaos, and nearly two million South Sudanese have fled their homes. Above, an internally displaced family takes refuge at the Man-anguei camp in the village of Wunrok in Warrap state.
A mother waits to have her child treated for malnutrition in Man Awan camp in Warrap state. South Sudan has experienced alarming rates of malnutrition due to ongoing conflict and widespread food insecurity.
A nutrition team member is measuring a child’s middle upper arm circumference to screen him for malnutrition in Warrap state. The red indicates that this child is severely malnourished.
Our teams are working tirelessly to assist malnourished children in South Sudan. Here, Action Against Hunger’s Nutrition Supervisor, Jokdit Bol Angok, gives a child a multivitamin in Man-anguei camp.
Mothers take their children to an outpatient treatment program run by Action Against Hunger in Alek in Warrap state. The children are weighed, measured and tested for malnutrition, and given ready-to-use therapeutic foods that are specially formulated to help children recover.
Now is a critical time for the people of South Sudan. Last year, thanks to quick response and funding, and a brief respite in fighting, donors and humanitarians were able to prevent famine. But we must maintain our focus and our commitment. With your support, we can continue to provide the critical services the people of South Sudan need to regain health and stability.
All photos: © 2015 Andrew Parsons / i-Images for Action Against Hunger