Severe Malnutrition Hits South Sudan

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In short
The increased rate of Malnutrition is attributed to the high inflation rate that has made purchasing food at household level unbearable.

Seven of the 10 states in South Sudan have reached the malnutrition-rate-emergency threshold of 15 per cent, as a result of the growing food security in the war torn nation.
According to a report by United Nationals Children's Fund (UNICEF), the level of malnutrition arising out of lack of food in South Sudan is worrying as both children in rural and urban settings have been greatly affected.
Christophe Boulierac, the UNICEF spokesperson says that so far this year 120,000 children under five years have been treated for severe malnutrition in the different states, which is close to a 50 per cent increase over the same period in 2015.
In Northern Bahr el Ghazal, the malnutrition rate stands at 33 per cent, while in one of UNICEF's supported Al-Sabbah hospital children's hospital has registered a sharp increase in malnutrition cases of nearly 20%.

The increased rate of malnutrition is attributed to the high inflation rate that has made purchasing food at household level unbearable.
Boulierac also states that since many roads are inaccessible in addition to the ongoing conflict, UNICEF's ability to respond has been limited. He says this has also limited to movement of UNICEF staff to supply food items.
He says that initially, UNICEF had planned to support to 166,000 children this year, but the figure has been revised to 250,000.
UNICEF is currently working with only 52 million dollars instead of the required 154.5 million according to Boulierac. He says this is meant to assist with water and sanitation; child support services; nutrition; health; and education.

Fighting broke out on July 7th between forces loyal to first Vice president Riek Machar and President Salvar Kiir, as a result 300 people were killed while 1.6 million people were displaced.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.