UNICEF Urges International Community to Act Now in South Sudan

An accomplished shipyard manager with over 25 years of experience, Reuben K. Byrd currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited. Outside of his professional activities, Reuben K. Byrd dedicates his time and resources to several charitable organizations, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Recently, UNICEF has been working to draw attention to an impending nutrition crisis in South Sudan. In a joint press release from UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP), the organizations warned that the malnourished children and mothers who have been affected by ongoing conflict in the country cannot wait any longer for outside assistance.

The seven-month conflict, which is largely focused in three states of South Sudan, has forced nearly 1.4 million people out of their homes and severely disrupted agricultural and economic activities within the country. As a result, almost 4 million South Sudanese are experiencing dangerous levels of food insecurity.

According to UNICEF and WFP, nearly 1 million young children will need treatment for malnutrition in 2014, and without immediate intervention, as many as 50,000 more could die from starvation by the end of this year. Faced with these numbers, UNICEF is insisting that the international community cannot wait for an official famine announcement before responding to the crisis.

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