Payne, Jr. Statement on South Sudan Famine

Apr 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) issued the following statement on the growing famine in South Sudan, where 100,000 people are at risk of starvation:

“One hundred thousand people in South Sudan are at risk of starvation. Turmoil in the country could push 5.5 million people into life-threatening hunger by the summer. This hunger crisis in South Sudan is man-made—the result of civil war that has decimated agriculture and destroyed the economy—and it will take humanitarian action to fix it. It is essential that South Sudan’s government and opposition forces cease their inhumane blocking of humanitarian workers and permit the delivery of assistance to the South Sudanese. Millions of lives are at stake.”