Joint call for action on South Sudan by UN, US, EU

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South Sudanese refugees set up temporary shelters to protect themselves UNHCR/F.Noy

A joint call for action to help people in South Sudan has been made by the United Nations, the European Union and the United States.

Launching the appeal in Washington, the UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos said the ongoing conflict in the country has led to the destruction of cities, the collapse of the economy and food production.

Ms Amos and her American and European counterparts urged immediate action on what they described as three critical fronts.

They called for an end to the fighting, and underscored the need for humanitarian funding over the next three months to help people cope with the crisis.

And they demanded that all parties to the conflict abide by international humanitarian law.

Since the start of the conflict in late 2013, more than a million people have been forced from their homes.

280,000 of those have fled to neighbouring countries including Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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