A year after the fighting started in South Sudan the country remains in a severe food crisis with up to 2.5m people estimated to be at risk of hunger if the conflict continues, Oxfam warned today.
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Welcoming UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's visit to South Sudan, Oxfam's Country Director Cecilia Millan said:
A major food crisis is currently enveloping South Sudan –
The safety of seven million people in South Sudan is rapidly deteriorating. Oxfam says the Government of South Sudan and parties to the conflict must immediately agree to a ceasefire. The international community needs to step up efforts to help stop the conflict and saves lives with a massive injection of emergency aid.