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Civilians face starvation in South Sudan, UN demands access

The United Nations warned today that 30,000 people are “facing starvation and death” in war-torn South Sudan. The UNWorld Food Programme, UNICEF and the Food and Agriculture Organization are demanding immediate access to these starving war victims, who are in Unity State.

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U.S. Food for Peace donation saves refugees

The United Nations today announced a life-saving donation from the U.S. Food for Peace program. The US $ 2 million contribution will feed refugees in the African nation of Mauritania. The refugees had fled conflict in neighboring Mali.

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Take Action and Help World’s Refugees

World Refugee Day (June 20) is a call to action to help millions of innocent civilians displaced by war. The UN Refugee Agency says 59.5 million people have been forcibly displaced by conflict and persecution. We have not seen these numbers of refugees since World War II.

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Food rations reduced for refugees in Kenya

On World Refugee Day, displaced persons in Kenya are having their food rations reduced because of low funding. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says that refugees from the wars in Somalia and South Sudan will receive 30 percent less food.

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Millions at risk of starvation in South Sudan

The hunger emergency in South Sudan is described as “frightening” by Oxfam‘s country director Zlatko Gegic. There are already 3.8 million people suffering from severe hunger in the conflict-torn nation.

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Boko Haram causing a hunger crisis

Boko Haram violence has displaced thousands in northeast Nigeria. It has also spilled over into other countries, causing a hunger crisis in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is trying to provide aid for thousands displaced by the terrorist group. The Far North Region of Cameroon, for example, is having to take in many conflict victims. Yet this region is one of the poorest in the world. The host communities need assistance themselves.

These affected areas of West Africa are also in the lean season, when food supplies are already low. Malnutrition rates are high.

WFP says the situation is urgent. Denise Brown, the WFP director for West Africa explains,

Women displaced by conflict have lost their husbands, walked for days to safety and rely on the support of already vulnerable communities. The lean season is upon us, and as local granaries are emptying, women tell of their families going hungry.”

Tragically, WFP is not able to provide food aid to all the victims due to funding shortages. Less than half of the people WFP planned to feed have received the food. Others have received reduced rations.

WFP requires around $ US 74.8 million to reach the hungry. The plan is to feed around 395,900 persons affected by the violence.

WFP is urging the international community to step up support for the emergency mission. The UN food agency relies entirely on voluntary donations.

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Oxfam warns about South Sudan crisis

The charity Oxfam is warning that South Sudan has reached a breaking point as conflict and a collapsed economy take their toll. A severe hunger crisis could threaten over 3 million people by June.

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