NGO alerts on food insecurity in Sudan's South Kordofan

New York, US (PANA) - Food security conditions in South Kordofan, Sudan, are dramatically declining, and malnutrition among children in the rebel-held areas of the conflict-torn state is on the rise, a new report issued Thursday by international NGO Enough Project said.

A statement on the report made available to PANA in New York said the document shows findings from the first international rapid food security and nutritional assessment conducted in
South Kordofan since 2011.

It quoted the assessment as noting that the prevalence of malnutrition among children in South Kordofan is serious, bordering on critical - the worst or most dire World Health  Organization malnutrition classification.

''The amount of households surviving on one meal per day has jumped to a staggering 81.5 percent, compared to only 9.5 percent one year ago, and zero percent two years ago.

''More than 65 percent of households in South Kordofan have less than one week’s worth of food.This is particularly concerning because food is not readily available for purchase
in the area, and incomes are scarce or non-existent.

''Further, due to persistent bombardment by the Sudan Armed Forces, the harvest this year is expected to be low-yielding and will run out quickly, leading to only a  temporary amelioration in the dire conditions there,'' the statement said.

PANA learnt that the nutritional assessment was carried out by an international non-governmental organisation but, due to security reasons, the organisation requested
to remain anonymous and asked the Enough Project to publish the report.

The Enough Project was responsible for the report’s final production and distribution, and had the assessment vetted by experts at US-based Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who found its findings to be credible.

Meanwhile, the report has recommended that the African Union should facilitate immediate political negotiations between the government of Sudan and the SPLM-N for a cessation
of hostilities agreement.

It noted the agreement would create suitable conditions on the ground for the widespread delivery of humanitarian assistance and the return of displaced populations.
-0- PANA AA/SEG 18Oct2012

18 octobre 2012 12:19:31

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