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of its own funds on health – one of the low­est rates in the world.

“It’s a kind of black­mail,” said one West­ern diplo­mat. “If you draw your red line, and you say we will only spend this much, [the gov­ern­ment] will just say, okay, don’t fund it then. If we don’t do it, peo­ple will die.”

Donors were also forced to pick up the slack when mal­nu­tri­tion rates be­gan to rise in ur­ban cen­tres. In a sign that the LCS failed in their ob­jec­tive to sta­bilise food prices, the cost of a food bas­ket went up five fold be­tween 2014 and 2016, forc­ing many ur­ban dwellers to dras­ti­cally cut their food in­take. The spread of hunger to Juba was a wor­ry­ing de­vel­op­ment for aid agen­cies, al­ready stretched try­ing to avert famine in re­mote, con­flic­trid­den ar­eas.

“Most of our as­sis­tance has been go­ing to ru­ral ar­eas...but with in­creased food in­se­cu­rity, it will re­quire scal­ing up the ac­tiv­i­ties in the ur­ban ar­eas,” said Joyce Luma, coun­try di­rec­tor for the World Food Pro­gramme (WFP) in South Su­dan. To­gether with other agen­cies, WFP in 2016 launched a new $21 mil­lion pro­gramme to feed the cap­i­tal’s in­creas­ingly im­pov­er­ished pop­u­la­tion.

“The cit­i­zens are re­ally suf­fer­ing,”

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