South Sudan descended into war in 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup [File: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters]
A record number of almost seven people in South Sudan – or more than 60 percent of its population – are facing severe hunger, according to a new report by the government and three United Nations agencies.
The warning on Friday came some nine months after a peace deal between warring sides ended a ruinous five-year civil conflict.
The report said close to two million people were near starvation, but stopped short of declaring a famine.
The worsening situation was attributed to food shortages exacerbated by delayed rainfall, an economic crisis and years of strain from a conflict that killed almost 400,000 people.
“Every year, hunger