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Two years on, South Sudan still faces major challenges

Date Published: 
07/10/2013
Summary: 

South Sudan marks two years of independence today, but the millions who continue to face displacement, hunger, disease and extreme poverty will be hard pressed to find any reason to celebrate. (..) In the contested Abyei region, the mass return of IDPs following increased security has led to food security concerns, while the large number of returnees from Sudan has also put pressure on available food stocks. (..) In March, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that some 4.1 million people would be food insecure in 2013.