UN: Millions at risk of hunger in S/Sudan
Desperate South Sudan villagers, fleeing fighting across the country, are eating grass and roots to survive as humanitarian organisations start costly air drops of food to northern parts of the country.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said the international community had a moral responsibility to help.
“One family told me they were boiling poisonous roots for six or seven days to take out the poison in order to have something to eat,” he said from the town of Nyal in Unity state.
James Puot, 50, told the Associated Press news agency he walked for 20 days with his wife and 10 children to get to Nyal. He said they were eating water lilies, roots and grass while drinking water from the Nile River.
“We’ve been waiting a whole day for some food,’’ he said. “We’ve had no water. We’ve spent days without water.”
A massive Ilyushin plane has started dropping more than 30 tons of food in the northern states. Each drop provides at least 15 days of rations for 18,000 people, intended to help those stranded between pro-government and antigovernment troops.