UN gravely concerned at South Sudan’s ‘food security crisis’

At least 3,000 displaced women, men and children are seeking shelter at a United Nations compound in Juba, South Sudan. Heavy explosions are shaking South Sudan's capital as clashes between government and opposition forces entered their fifth day, pushing the country back toward civil war.

 

The UN Security Council is expressing grave concern at the “food security crisis” in war-torn South Sudan.

The council said in a statement after closed-door briefings on Friday that ongoing fighting in the country’s five-year civil war “is one of the main direct causes” of food insecurity.

UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock mentioned possible famine in parts of South Sudan, according to a council diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was closed.

Neighbouring Sudan announced last Sunday that South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and its former vice-president and rebel leader, Riek Machar, had signed a peace deal.

The council urged immediate implementation of a cease-fire and unhindered humanitarian access.

It noted “considerable challenges” on the path to peace including detailed plans for implementation of the peace agreement.

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