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Vol 55 No 14

Published 11th July 2014


South Sudan

Famine ‘almost a certainty’

The conflict has caused a food emergency and sanctions against the rival leaders for blocking progress are now on the table

One million South Sudanese are threatened by starvation, with at least another three million at serious risk, United Nations and United States' officials say. The US Agency for International Development's Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Nancy Lindborg, gave the warning after the annual board meeting of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Brussels on 2 July. USAID's 'complex emergency' map shows the whole country except Western Equatoria as at least 'stressed' for food security and most of it at 'crisis' or 'emergency' level. The next category is 'catastrophe/famine' and that is likely to be declared next month. 'It is almost a certainty', Lindborg told Africa Confidential.

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