UN: Mil­lions at risk of hunger in S/Sudan

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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