Food insecurity could lead to famine in South Sudan

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Aid agencies warn that food insecurity could deteriorate to famine in parts of Unity State. UN File Photo/JC McIlwaine

The lack of food in some parts of Unity State in South Sudan could lead to famine, according to the UN humanitarian office, OCHA.

Fighting between government and rebel forces in southern and central Unity state intensified in October and thousands of people were forced to flee in search of safety.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

OCHA said attacks and threats against aid workers in Unity State in the north of the country have forced many organizations to withdraw.

A quarter of a million people are now without access to immediate humanitarian assistance, many of whom are in areas hardest hit by the ongoing conflict between government forces and rebels.

Here's OCHA's Michelle Delaney.

"Aid agencies warn that food insecurity could deteriorate to famine in parts of Unity State – including Leer, Guit, Koch and Mayendit – unless unrestricted access is granted aid agencies to reach communities desperately in need."

Fighting between troops loyal to the South Sudanese president, and opposing forces loyal to his former deputy, has been raging for nearly two years.

Nearly four million people across the country are in need of some sort of humanitarian support.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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