Children in Torit and Kiyala are failing to turn up to school due to food shortages. A bad harvest and a lack of support from central government has forced local authorities to seek help elsewhere.
Torit and Kiyala counties have suffered from lower than average rainfall in the last agricultural season, leading to a poor harvest.
Authorities raised concerns about the rising number of children dropping out of school due to hunger in both counties. He has urged parents to keep their children in school.
Having failed to secure assistance from the central government, the appointed governor of the controversially created Imatong State, has been unable to secure support from the national government. He has instead managed to meet and secure assistance from World Food Programme representatives in Juba. A 4 tonne grain delivery has been arranged for the affected counties.