S Sudan famine risk remains despite $600M pledge

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 10:06 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The good news for hundreds of thousands of hungry South Sudan residents is that international donors this week pledged an additional $600 million to help a country upended by conflict. The bad news is that perilous security and flooded roads mean famine remains a real possibility.

Three days after international donors pledged $606 million a spokeswoman for the U.N.'s World Food Program said Friday that despite a cease-fire signed between the government and rebel fighters this month, WFP hasn't yet seen any improvements in access for hard-to-reach areas.

Challiss McDonough said a serious risk of famine remains.

More than 1 million South Sudan residents have fled their homes because of the fighting that broke out in December. Some 1.3 million people are in a hunger emergency, one step below famine.

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