Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies have warned that 100,000 people are facing starvation, and an additional 1 million are on the brink of a famine. The total number of food insecure people is expected to rise to 5.5 million at the height of the lean season in July, if nothing is done to curb the severity and spread of the food crisis.
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Three years of civil war has devastated hopes that the oil-rich country would prosper when it gained independence from Sudan in 2011 at the end of one of Africa’s longest running conflicts.
The UN has also warned that three other countries - Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria - are at risk of famine too. This is the first famine declared since 2011 in Somalia, where more than a quarter of a million people are estimated to have died between October 2010 and April 2012.
Due to the extent of this increasing famine, Elim Missions is launching an Elim Relief Appeal to bring aid to the famine in Africa through our Elim Global partners. We will initially be working into South Sudan through Elim Kenya, who have planted churches into this region, allowing funds raised to impact the physical and spiritual needs of those most affected.