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    Some 7.5 million people in South Sudan are currently food insecure and in need of humanitarian assistance, the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Monday that an unprecedented outbreak of malaria had affected all regions of this northeastern African nation, which has been mired in an armed conflict between government and opposition forces for two years.

    The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection agency says that flooding, drought and displacement have drastically reduced food production in South Sudan. It estimates that nearly 3.9 million are severely food insecure.

    Other urgent humanitarian needs in the world’s most fragile state as of 2015, include health care, clean water, sanitation and shelter.

    The world’s youngest and one of the least developed countries, South Sudan has been suffering from decades of hostilities combined with frequent natural disasters and disease outbreaks.


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