South Sudan: Food crisis looming

| June 8, 2015

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Two in five South Sudanese people face starvation within the next three months and urgently need emergency food aid, according to the World Food Programme, or WFP.

In a recent report, WFP warns that there is a high risk of famine this year in some parts of South Sudan.

The northeastern oil-producing states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity have been particularly affected by the civil war. WFP says that the economy of South Sudan, which is almost entirely dependent on oil, has all but collapsed. Many farmers have been internally displaced since late 2013, and are unable to plant any crops.

WFP estimates that it needs an extra $230 million U.S. to feed those affected by the food crisis.

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