South Sudan faces ‘crisis levels of hunger’

South Sudan faces ‘crisis levels of hunger’

War-torn South Sudan faces a catastrophic “tipping point” amid famine and genocide warnings, an aid agency has stated, as the conflict entered its fifth month with no sign of the bloodshed ending.

“We either act now or millions will pay the price,” Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring said on Thursday.

“We face a mammoth task of getting massive levels of aid to people at the worst time of the year, when rains make many areas hard to reach and turn roads into rivers of mud,” Goldring said in a statement.

“We need a massive and rapid global surge in aid to prevent catastrophic levels of hunger. We cannot afford to wait, we cannot afford to fail.”

President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar signed a fresh ceasefire agreement last week but fighting broke out hours later, the second time in the five-month conflict that a truce has failed to hold.

More than a third of South Sudan’s population – 3.7 million people – are facing emergency and crisis levels of hunger. In the war-torn Unity state, the key oil producing region, more than three-quarters need aid, according to the UN.

The ceasefire agreement, signed last week in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, was the result of weeks of mounting international pressure and shuttle diplomacy. But fighters on the ground appear to have paid little notice to it….

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