More than 8900 people in Ruweng Administrative Area face shortage of food

South Sudanese IDPs in Lainya County of Central Equatoria State receive food assistance air lifted to them by WFP in November 2016 | Courtesy of

8914 people in Abiemnhom West and East counties of Ruweng Administrative Area are in dire need of food. Santo Kat Nyok, the Deputy Relief and Rehabilitation Commission coordinator told Abyei FM on Monday that some families are going hungry for days.

“The situation is so bad… If about two to three days without anything nobody will be living in Abiemnhom because the situation will become worse,” Kat says.

He says no relief food has been distributed in these two areas since May this year. The official says they were told that food ration for May and June will be given out within this week, but he says he is unsure.

According to Kat, some families are getting assistance from their relatives who are receiving food ration from Abyei Administrative Area. This population has been receiving food assistance from World Food Program through Samaritan Purse. Samaritan Purse is yet to comment on this.

Armed violence in many parts of South Sudan has caused mass displacement and disruption of livelihoods, forcing many families to depend on food aid from humanitarian organizations. Additionally, heavy floods last year, destroying farms, contributed to food insecurity in the country.