Pope Francis appealed for humanitarian assistance to South Sudan where famine threatens the lives of millions of people already suffering due to a three-year civil war.
In the “martyred South Sudan,” he said, “a fratricidal conflict is compounded by a serious food crisis, which has struck the Horn of Africa and condemns millions of people to starve to death, among them many children,” the pope said.
At the end of his weekly general audience at the Vatican on 22nd February, the pope said that a solid commitment from the international community to assist South Sudan is crucial “now more than ever.”
The United Nations declared a famine in two counties of South Sudan on 21st February, adding that the catastrophic food shortages will continue to spread, threatening millions of lives.
Civil war has destabilised the world’s youngest country for more than three years due to a political power struggle between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar.
Picture: Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 22nd February. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).