Two children starved to death in Aweil East

Two children have reportedly died from starvation in Aweil East County of Northern Bhar El Ghazal state.

Family members say the “starving children” could have died of either dehydration or hunger.

They are among those displaced from their homes during fighting between Twic and Abyei youths in February 2022.

The IDPs say they have spent months in Buoth-Yar without food and resorted to eating wild fruits and tree leaves to survive.

A family member said the 2 children died on separate days from malnutrition and hunger. The boy of 8 years died last week, while the second boy died on Tuesday this week.

“Many people are sick and if there is no urgent support more people will die. We are over 370 household and we are accommodated in one school with narrow spaces,” the family member who did not wished to be identifed told Akol Yam radio.

In February, local authorities said the about 20,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

The family member said they only received food assistance once.

“Since March, we received 17.7 kilograms of sorghum and we spent 6 months without any other support,” he said.

The IDPs say they still lack food supplies, medicines, and shelter.

Dut Majookdit, Chairperson of the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission promised to work with aid agencies to intervene.

“I am very sorry about the incident that happened in Buoth-Yar. I will talk to partners to assist them with food and other urgent needs. I am urging the IDPs to bear with the condition they are facing,” he stated.