Three years after achieving independence, the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan is deepening and the risk of famine will continue to edge closer unless urgent action is taken immediately, international aid agency Oxfam warned today.
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Oxfam has welcomed the Australian Government’s pledge of $2.6 million to help address the triple threat of conflict, hunger and preventable disease facing the people of South Sudan, with Australia now well placed to meet its fair share of international contributions.
The people of South Sudan, already exposed to conflict and hunger, face a new threat, with the outbreak of cholera focussing the urgent need for international assistance ahead of today’s donor pledging conference in Oslo.
South Sudan’s ceasefire agreement must be adhered to in order to prevent the war-torn country’s hunger
crisis spiralling further out of control, Oxfam said.
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