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Newest nation in the world now faces mass starvation

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/27/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

South Sudan's food shortages see population on the brink of mass starvation, United Nations warns

Begun as an effort to establish economic independence from Sudan, South Sudan became the world's youngest nation a few short years ago. Now - with fighting threatening to plunge the nation in to civil war, the United Nations has declared South Sudan's current food shortage as the worst in the world today.

More than a million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted between different factions of South Sudan's ruling party last December.

More than a million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted between different factions of South Sudan's ruling party last December.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/27/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: South Sudan, starvation, United Nations, civil war


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The U.N. Security Council is encouraging immediate action to halt a momentous humanitarian crisis.

South Sudan's "catastrophic food insecurity" has the U.N. beseeching donor nations who originally pledged $618 million in aid to make good on their promise.

Pope Francis - End world hunger through 'PRAYER & ACTION'

The U.N. children's fund, UNICEF says that some four million people, or a third of South Sudan's population could be affected. UNICEF also warns 50,000 South Sudanese children may die of hunger in the conflict-torn country unless international help increased.

More than a million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted between different factions of South Sudan's ruling party last December.

Untold thousands have now died in the conflict that started as a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar. The conflict has now escalated into ethnic violence.

Months of fighting have prevented farmers from planting or harvesting crops, causing food shortages nationwide.

Even worse, the beginning of the rainy season has added to the problem. Hopes have been dashed that displaced farmers will be able to plant crops to feed themselves in the future.

South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, topped the list of fragile states in this year's index released by The Fund for Peace, a leading U.S.-based research institute.

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