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Hunger and child abandonment in north South Sudan

Three-hundred children in South Sudan's Northern Bahr El Ghazal region have been abandoned by parents fleeing the country to escape two years of drought, a collapsing economy, and mass hunger. The UN World Food Program (WFP) and UNICEF brought Al Jazeera to a mosque run by the Northern Bahr El Ghazal Islamic Council in the town of Majook, close to South Sudan's border with Sudan, where the children are forced to reside after their parents abandoned them to make the journey north alone. WFP said 5.3 million people in South Sudan are at risk of acute hunger, nearly half the population, which is already causing deaths among the country's most vulnerable, and increasing the number of people fleeing across the border to neighbouring Sudan. Recent fighting between the country's President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar's opposing armies has exacerbated problems in providing aid.

Henry Wilkins

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