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S Sudan ‘food crisis worst in the world’

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Executive Director of WFP Ertharin Cousin, left, and Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake, right, greet a health worker from International Medical Corps working in the clinic in an internally displaced persons camp inside the UN base in Malakal. Picture: Andreea Campeanu

South Sudan's food crisis is now the worst in the world, the UN Security Council said on Friday as it called for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid.

About 3.9 million people - a staggering one in three people throughout the country - are going hungry as the fighting in South Sudan continues, according to UN officials.

The Security Council described a “catastrophic food insecurity situation in South Sudan that is now the worst in the world” and said the country was on the threshold of a full-blown famine if fighting continues.

It called on countries that pledged 618 million dollars in aid for South Sudan at a conference in May to make good on their promises and to increase their commitment.

Fighting erupted in South Sudan in December, sparked by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar.

The 15-member Council also condemned the latest round of fighting around the town of Nasir and reminded the warring sides that attacks against civilians may lead to war crimes prosecutions. - Sapa-AFP

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