South Sudan

Last chance to prevent famine

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March 2014: Children displaced by the fighting between rebel soldiers and government troops eat their daily meal at the Tomping camp, home to over 20,000 people in Juba, South Sudan. Children in displacement sites are especially vulnerable to malnutrition. © UNICEF South Sudan/Kate Holt

As the international community prepares to gather in Norway next week to pledge more support for aid efforts in South Sudan, humanitarian organizations remain gravely concerned for communities who could face famine this year if immediate action is not taken to help improve their lives and access to food.

Conflict in South Sudan, which started in mid-December 2013, has left a third of the population severely food insecure. Many people are unable to farm, tend to their livestock and feed their families. The Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that there is a high likelihood that the situation could worsen during the second half of 2014. UNICEF has reported that 50,000 children are at serious risk of dying of malnutrition, especially those who have been displaced.

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