On Monday 20th February 2017, famine was officially declared in parts of South Sudan by the United Nations. 100,000 people are currently experiencing famine and roughly 5.5 million people are expected to be severely food insecure in the months ahead. Over 250,000 children are severely malnourished.
The conflict in South Sudan has been ongoing since the country gained independence in 2011. Years of war have forced 2 million people to flee their homes. Drought and crop failure in recent months have compounded the crisis - leaving millions of people close to starvation.
Irish aid agencies are responding on the ground in South Sudan. You can help by donating to their work: