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Humanitarian disaster unfolds in South Sudan - Features - Al Jazeera English

Humanitarian disaster unfolds in South Sudan - Features - Al Jazeera English

Washington, DC - Less than a year since South Sudan's independence, thousands of people in the region continue to face the stark realities of secession.

As an impending famine and daily violence grow in severity, the governments in Juba and Khartoum remain mired in disputes over borders and oil revenues.

Among the areas most affected by the latest violence and food shortages are states on the border between Sudan and South Sudan. Thousands of civilians stranded in the Nuba Mountains of Southern Kordofan, a Sudanese province with a population close to 1.1 million, now face starvation - largely a result of the Sudanese government's move to restrict international humanitarian relief agencies from accessing the most troubled areas.

The recent fighting has destroyed large tracks of farmland and crops essential for isolated populations in Sudan's Blue Nile State and Southern Kordofan. According to US officials, 250,000 people in the region are threatened by starvation.

'Near-famine conditions'

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