Aid Groups Say South Sudan Faces $1.1 Billion Relief Shortfall

Aid agencies in South Sudan said more than $1.1 billion is needed to plug a funding shortfall to help people in crisis following 18 months of civil war.

Donors should address the gap at an aid conference for the African nation scheduled to be held in Geneva on Tuesday, eight relief groups including Oxfam International, the International Rescue Committee, the Danish Refugee Council and Mercy Corp. said in a joint e-mailed statement. About 8 million people in the country are going hungry and the situation could worsen as the lean season that falls in between harvests is about to start, according to the statement.

Fighting between government and rebel forces that erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 has left tens of thousands of people dead and more than 2 million displaced.

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