Famine has struck parts of South Sudan and children urgently need our help to survive. War and a collapsing economy have left parents with nothing to feed their families and more than a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished. They need immediate, lifesaving aid and every day counts.
Our worst fears have been realised. Conflict, a failing economy and extreme weather have collided in South Sudan, creating a humanitarian catastrophe for children.
Years of brutal violence have disrupted farming, torn away families' livelihoods and decimated the country's food supply. Inflation has skyrocketed to an incredible 800%, leaving parents unable to afford even basic food staples, and a severe dry season has pushed communities past breaking point.
Children are hardest hit. Without enough nutritious food, a staggering one million young girls and boys have become acutely malnourished. More than 250,000 already have severe acute malnutrition - the deadliest form of the disease. They need our help and they need it now.
Nyakena holds her two-month-old baby, who is suffering from severe malnutrition, at a malnutrition ward in Juba, South Sudan. © UNICEF/UN053453/Gonzalez Farran
Supplies and treatment mean the world to mothers like Nyakena.
Not so long ago, Nyakena looked down at her growing belly and imagined a bright future for her family in South Sudan. She was ready to give birth to twins. Life was good.
Then, her village was burnt to the ground and, without enough to eat, her children became malnourished and grew thinner every day.
I don’t think I will ever get used to seeing a child die in her mother’s arms. But I will never tire of watching life return with emergency nutrition."
Finally, Nyakena found hope in a UNICEF-supported clinic. With the right treatment and care, her twins are putting on weight and mum is feeling optimistic. And, as food shortages leave 250,000 girls and boys severely malnourished, Nyakena wants all children to get the same treatment as her twins.
No parent should have to watch their children suffer through malnutrition - and they don’t have to.
Your generous donation today will deliver therapeutic food and other emergency supplies to children in crisis.