Famine threatens 40K in SSudan


JUBA: At least 40,000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations said Monday, in a plea to rival forces to let aid in. The figures released in a UN report describe some of the worst conditions yet in more than two years of a civil war marked by atrocities and accusations of war crimes, including the blockading of food supplies. Conditions are “escalating,” the UN said, with already over 2.8 million people needing aid, almost a quarter of the country. “Nearly 25 percent of the country’s population remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at least 40,000 people are on the brink of catastrophe,” the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN children’s agency UNICEF and the World Food Program (WFP) said in a joint statement.



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