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Continued Violence In S. Sudan Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis, Food Insecurity

News sources report on continuing violence and the resulting humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

Agence France-Presse: Gunmen storm S. Sudan U.N. base, wound dozens of civilians
“Gunmen stormed a U.N. base in South Sudan Thursday, wounding dozens of civilians from a rival tribe in an ‘unprovoked’ attack before peacekeepers fought them off, the U.N. said. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the assault in the war-ravaged town of Bor which also left two peacekeepers wounded, warning any attack on UN troops constitutes a war crime…” (Wudu, 4/17).

Al Jazeera: South Sudan on brink of famine: U.N. chief
“The U.N. has given warning that up to a million people could face famine in conflict-torn South Sudan unless there is immediate action, with rebels taking control of oil rich areas and threatening the capital, Juba…” (4/17).

The Guardian: South Sudanese find peace in Ethiopia as rains near and war continues
“…Thousands of people have died and more than a million have been displaced in the clashes. Aid agencies are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis…” (Davison, 4/18).

Humanosphere: 3.7 million in South Sudan face severe hunger crisis
“…Fighting in South Sudan since December is responsible for displacing more than one million people from their homes. The upcoming rainy season is a vital time for food security because it is when crops are usually planted. It is also the period when food stocks from the previous harvest season begin to run out…” (Murphy, 4/17).