War-torn South Sudan faces possible famine early next year, the UN chief in the country warned Thursday, as aid workers said the shooting down of a UN helicopter threatened efforts to save lives.
Warring forces in South Sudan traded blame Wednesday for the crash of a UN helicopter in which three crew died, although investigations have yet to confirm if it was shot down.
South Sudan`s civil war entered its ninth month Friday with rebels and government troops engaged in heavy battles, diplomats said, days after UN warnings of sanctions if the conflict continues.
UN Security Council envoys said Wednesday they had little hope of a swift end to South Sudan`s eight-month long conflict, despite threatening sanctions during meetings with the warring leaders.
UN Security Council envoys warned South Sudan`s warring leaders today they would face sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine does not stop.
Expressing deep concern over the failure of South Sudan peace talks, the US has asked the country`s warring factions to forge an agreement soon after they missed a deadline to form a unity government.
The United States has lambasted South Sudan`s warring factions after they missed a key deadline to forge a unity government.
Top UN aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where a third of the population are in crisis after months of war.
South Sudan`s food crisis is now the worst in the world, the UN Security Council has said as it called for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid.
Worsening conflict in Darfur and an influx of people fleeing war in South Sudan helped push to almost seven million the number needing aid in Sudan, the UN said today.
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported that nearly 100,000 people are seeking protection in its bases across the country, and the number is likely to remain high, a spokesperson said Thursday.
The United Nations has complained to South Sudan and demanded an explanation after four local UN staff were prevented from taking a plane and had their passports confiscated.
Violence in South Sudan`s civil war including the execution of scores of hospital patients is the worst seen for decades and is an "affront to human dignity", Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday.
At least 37 percent of the children in Bentiu of South Sudan are acutely malnourished, media reported Tuesday.
The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency said Friday.
The number of civilians seeking refuge on UN bases from bloodshed in South Sudan has reached a peak of 95,000 since fighting broke out in December, the United Nations has said.
Aid agencies warned Sunday that starvation and diseases like malaria and cholera were set to intensify the crisis in South Sudan, which has been devastated by six months of conflict.
More than 50,000 children in South Sudan face death from disease and hunger, the United Nations warned today as it begged for over a billion dollars to support those hit by six months of civil war.
South Sudan`s president and rebel chief met today in a bid to end six months of civil war, agreeing to forge a transitional government within a 60-day deadline, Ethiopia`s prime minster said.
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August 30, 2014
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