South Sudan war displaced in 'acute' need: UN

Published on 31 March 2014

War-torn South Sudan is in a "spiralling humanitarian crisis", the UN warned Monday, as top aid chiefs visited the young nation, where more than a million people have fled months of conflict. "People are in acute need," UN World Food Programme (WFP) boss Ertharin Cousin said as she arrived for a two-day assessment. "Large-scale population displacement and disruption of markets and trade routes are creating a food security crisis," she said in a statement. WFP says it needs $224 million in South Sudan over the next six months, while UNHCR has called for more than $370 million to help refugees in neighbouring countries.

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