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>> At a temporary nutrition clinic near the border with Sudan, an estimated 20,000 famine-hit South Sudanese emerge from the surrounding swamps to register for emergency rations. Many have not eaten for days.>> They've been living on water lilies. They've been living on roots from reeds in the rivers.
At most, eat once a day. It's really tough conditions and we hope that our regular and consistent humanitarian support in this area will be able to serve these people.>> They're caught up in the country's civil war, hiding from roaming gunman in the swamps and islands of the river Nile unable to farm crops or earn money.
>> We don't have enough food. We are in the war and we have many, many problems in our home.>> Last week the UN declared that parts of South Sudan are experiencing famine, the first time the world has faced such a disaster in six years. And the problem is largely man-made.
The world's youngest country plunged into civil war in 2013 after a divide between the President and his deputies split the nation down ethnic lines. Since then, inflation has hit up to 800%, and war and drought has paralyzed agriculture. Many parts of the country are now inaccessible due to fighting.
The UN says 100,000 people face imminent starvation. And some 5.5 million people, almost half the population, will not have a reliable source of food by July.