Tragic stories of suicides and death due to hunger in South Sudan

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South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Photo: UNICEF

Tragic stories are emerging of deaths caused by rising hunger in the South Sudanese state of Eastern Equatoria.

In one instance, a mother left her two children in order to try and sell firewood for food, only to return and find them both dead.

She then hung herself.

Children have also died after falling from fruit trees, in search of food.

The world’s youngest country has been wracked by several years of brutal civil war as well as poor harvests, and nearly three million people are in urgent need of food assistance.

Adong Flora Ajok is a community liaison assistant with the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS.

She spoke to Sani Martin.

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