Ongoing insecurity, combined with an economic crisis that has pushed inflation above 800% has created widespread food insecurity, with malnutrition among children at emergency levels in most parts South Sudan.
In 2016, UNICEF and partners admitted 184 000 children for treatment of severe acute malnutrition, 50% higher than the number treated in 2015. In 2017, UNICEF aims to treat 207 000 children across the country who are at high risk of dying; access to many areas in the country remains problematic.
The European Commission's humanitarian aid department is supporting the work of UNICEF and other partners in providing life-saving treatment.
Photos and text by Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNICEF