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Hunger and lack of medicine threaten thousands of vulnerable South Sudanese citizens. A famine continues to add another layer to a worsening humanitarian crisis in the world’s youngest nation. President of Caritas South Sudan and Bishop of Yei Erkolano Lodu Tombe are currently in Rome – according to the Vatican Radio – for a “high level Caritas Internationalis meeting that aims to plan a scaling-up of the emergency response in an enhanced cooperation across all Caritas agencies in the regions,” especially Christians denied any food aid by local encampments.

03/28/2017 South Sudan (Vatican Radio) – Thousands of vulnerable South Sudanese are at imminent risk of death from hunger and lack of medicines.

A worsening crisis in the world’s youngest nation sees a famine being declared in the midst of civil war.

Caritas Internationalis and other aid agencies say that currently 1 million people in South Sudan are in imminent danger of famine and in total 5.1 million are in urgent need of food and livelihood help. At least 270,000 children are suffering acute malnutrition.

They are warning that if large-scale aid of food and medicines does not arrive before the imminent rainy season there are going to be a lot more deaths very soon.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe, President of Caritas South Sudan and Bishop of Yei, is in Rome for a high level Caritas Internationalis meeting that aims to plan a scaling-up of the emergency response in an enhanced cooperation across all Caritas agencies in the region.

Speaking to Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni, Bishop Lodu Tombe appealed to all people of goodwill not to close their eyes and their hearts to the suffering of the people of South Sudan.

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