A record number of people in South Sudan face a critical lack of food. A new report by the government and the United Nations says almost seven million people, or more than 60% of the population, are at risk. The report released Friday says almost two million people are near starvation nine months after a peace deal ended a five-year civil war. The report stops short of declaring a famine. The deteriorating situation is attributed to food shortages exacerbated by delayed rainfall, South Sudan’s economic crisis and years of strain from a conflict that killed almost 400,000 people. Some South Sudanese, including children, have told The Associated Press they eat only once a day.
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