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Five Million in South Sudan Facing Severe Food Shortages

Five Million in South Sudan Facing Severe Food Shortages

Almost five million people in South Sudan – more than half of the population – face increasingly severe food shortages after their government ceased oil exports in a row with the country's neighbour, Sudan.

Five Million in South Sudan Facing Severe Food Shortages

Ministers in Juba, South Sudan's capital, turned off the oil taps in January because they said Sudan was charging too much to pipe the crude to export terminals on the Red Sea.

But 98 per cent of South Sudan's revenue comes from oil sales, and the United Nations has warned that lack of state funding, coupled with increasing military clashes with Sudan, has pushed more people into sustained hunger.

As many as 4.7 million people already do not have enough to eat or face imminent serious food shortages in the world's newest country, according to new figures from the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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