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Record 7 million people in S Sudan face severe hunger

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By ITN News Editor June 15, 2019 17:32

Record 7 million people in S Sudan face severe hunger

A record number of almost seven million people in South Sudan – or more than 60 percent of its population – are facing severe hunger, according to a new report by the government and three United Nations agencies. The warning on Friday came some nine months after a fragile peace deal between South Sudan’s warring sides ended a ruinous five-year civil conflict. The report said close to two million people were near starvation, but stopped short of declaring a famine.

The worsening situation was attributed to food shortages exacerbated by delayed rainfall, an economic crisis, and years of strain from a conflict that killed almost 400,000 people. UN-backed assessments used a ranking called the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), which rates hunger levels from one to five. The WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN children’s fund (UNICEF) said about 1.8 million people in South Sudan were in an “emergency”, or level four, which means large gaps between meals, acute malnutrition, and excess deaths.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 15, 2019 17:32

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