South Sudan "imploding": UN humanitarian officialListen /
South Sudan is imploding under the weight of an ongoing conflict and a worsening humanitarian crisis according to a senior official of the United Nations humanitarian office, OCHA.
Speaking after a visit to the country earlier in March, the OCHA Director of Operations, John Ging, said that five million people were in need of assistance.
Fighting erupted in South Sudan in mid-December when rebels loyal to the deposed Vice-President Riek Machar clashed with government forces.
Mr Ging said that the conflict had reversed the development of the country.
"You have the newest country in the world now imploding in terms of the impact of violence is on the ground setting back the very fragile development that was occurring."
Around a quarter of a million people have fled from South Sudan to Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.
A further 700,000 are displaced inside the country.
Meanwhile the UN is appealing for $371 million to support South Sudanese refugees in those neighbouring countries.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.