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Nyabel Wal travelled for six days to look for food, only to come back empty-handed. With no other options, she’s been forced to gather plants which grow close to the ground in the her remote village of Kiech Kon, South Sudan.

South Sudan | ©Unicef/UNI169321
South Sudan | ©Unicef/UNI169321

Nyabel Wal travelled for six days to look for food, only to come back empty-handed. With no other options, she’s been forced to gather plants which grow close to the ground in the her remote village of Kiech Kon, South Sudan.

The plant is the only food Nyabel has to feed her family.

Since January, we have been living without food, except for the wild grass. I went to Mathiang town to look for food and left the baby behind. When I came back, the baby refused to breastfeed, refused food and became sick.”

Nyabel’s young son Goaner Pal is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. This is an extremely dangerous condition, leaving children susceptible to severe versions of common illnesses and can lead to poor growth, development and even death.

Goaner Pal needs urgent treatment to nurse him back to health, and to avoid suffering with potentially life-long debilitating conditions.

South Sudan | ©Unicef/UNI169324
South Sudan | ©Unicef/UNI169324

Nyabel is one of 1.3 million people who have been displaced due to conflict in South Sudan. The crisis has had wide-reaching impact, particularly on food security. And sadly, Nyabel’s story is not uncommon, with many families struggling with hunger and malnutrition.

UNICEF is on the ground supporting children and families with life-saving aid – but to reach every child, we need your help.

Just $63 could cover the full cost of treating a malnourished child like Goaner Pal back to full health.

Please donate now.