The existing refugee camps are hardly able to take in people from South Sudan seeking help.
Photo: D. Rosenthal/Welthungerhilfe


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More and more people are having to rely on emergency relief because of armed conflicts. In fragile environments, aid agencies are finding it extremely difficult to fulfil their mandate and provide aid to those in distress. But if the political stakeholders fail to make an effort, there will be no solutions for the countries involved in the long run, Welthungerhilfe warns.

The number of serious humanitarian crises resulting from armed conflicts has reached alarming levels. South Sudan, Syria and the Central African Republic are only a few examples that Welthungerhilfe President Bärbel Dieckmann referred to early in June 2014 to demonstrate the problems that her organisation and others involved in relief measures are increasingly confronted with. And it is not just the regions affected by conflicts themselves in which the population are suffering. Once food markets have been disrupted and trade routes are blocked, hunger hits more and more people elsewhere, too. In addition, the work of aid agencies is frequently hampered by a catastrophic security situation.
South Sudan is one example. Following the country’s gaining independence in July 2011, there had been hopes that after decades of civil war, it would at last find peace. Rich oil deposits and sufficient cropland offering good harvests had given cause for optimism, Dieckmann said.

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