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Crisis in South Sudan

A young man collects water from a water pipe built by UNICEF

Four years into the conflict in South Sudan, more than half of the nation's children are affected.

These children are facing famine, disease, forced recruitment and lack of access to schooling—vulnerabilities that are compounded by the worsening economic conditions and limited access to food and fuel.

Nearly 4 million people are displaced, including 2 million people seeking refuge in neighboring countries.

Nearly two-thirds of the population in South Sudan at risk of rising hunger

A mother feeds a therapeutic formula to her nine-month-old son.


More than 7 million people in South Sudan could become severely food insecure in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, three United Nations agencies warned today.

If this happens, this will be the highest ever number of food insecure people in South Sudan. The period of greatest risk will be the lean season, between May and July. Particularly at risk are 155,000 people, including 29,000 children, who could suffer from the most extreme levels of hunger.

Refugees in South Sudan face hunger and ethnic tension

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South Sudan is producing more refugees than any other African nation, but it is also hosting tens of thousands of people who have fled fighting in Sudan.

Two-year-old Farris Sebit is suffering from severe malnutrition. The boy was already emaciated when his family fled fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state. But his condition rapidly deteriorated during the three days his mother carried him through the bush and across the border into South Sudan.

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