South Sudan on the brink of famine, UN warns

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Juba/Pibor, December 25, 2020 (SSNA) — At least 105,000 South Sudanese are at risk of starvation, the United Nations warned. The warning comes days after hunger experts visited several cities in the greater Pibor administrative district areas.

Among the towns visited by the experts was Lekuangole. Residents of the town told the visiting experts that 17 of their children died of hunger, promoting UN and other humanitarian agencies to call for urgent humanitarian aid.

Aid groups say the new wave of hunger is “conflict-fueled” and that the young nation along with Burkina Faso, Yemen, and parts of Northeastern Nigeria are at higher risk of famine.

However, the government of South Sudan disagrees with the United Nations assessment, asserting that only 11,00 people are at risk of starvation.

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