UN warns of famine in South Sudan after aid helicopter downed
Published on Aug 28, 2014 7:50 PM
JUBA (AFP) - War-torn South Sudan faces possible famine early next year, the United Nations chief in the country warned on Thursday, as aid workers said the shooting down of a UN helicopter threatened efforts to save lives.
"We all are working very hard to prevent a famine... but I am very worried that we will not be able to prevent it," UN aid chief in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, told reporters.
Thousands of people have been killed and more than 1.8 million have fled a civil war sparked by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar.
"The single biggest cause if there is a famine is the failure of the political leadership to resolve this crisis," Lanzer said.
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