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50,000 children facing death in war-torn South Sudan: UN

Published on Jun 14, 2014 8:48 PM
 

JUBA (AFP) - More than 50,000 children in South Sudan face death from disease and hunger, the United Nations warned on Saturday as it begged for over a billion dollars to support those hit by six months of civil war.

War in the young nation has already killed thousands and forced more than 1.5 million people from their homes, and aid agencies warn of the risk of famine should fighting continue.

"The consequences could be dire: 50,000 children could die this year if they do not get assistance," UN aid chief for South Sudan Toby Lanzer said, at the launch of a plan to support 3.8 million people "hit by hunger, violence and disease."

President Salva Kiir and his arch-rival Riek Machar committed themselves again this week to a ceasefire, although many analysts are sceptical they really want a negotiated end to the conflict, and instead believe a military victory is still possible.

 
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