Children are the hardest hit in the South Sudan crisis
UNICEF and the World Food Programme report that close to a third of South Sudan’s population faces “acute” or “emergency” levels of hunger and malnutrition. Thousands of children remain stranded in remote parts of the country, where they are at risk of starvation. Aid agencies estimate that about 235 000 children could become dangerously malnourished before the end of 2014 and about 50 000 of them could die.
South Sudan gained independence barely four years ago, however, the socio-political crisis soon ensued plunging the young nation into a humanitarian disaster.
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