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08 Mar 2012 description

South Sudan is facing a major hunger emergency as drought has ruined food supplies. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says nearly five million people "could suffer from food insecurity in 2012, with an estimated 1 million people severely food-insecure."

Ahnna Gudmunds, a WFP Sudan officer, says, "Households will face significant difficulty obtaining food during this period. Volatile food supply and poor diets are likely to intensify the severity of the hunger season."