UN Says 48,000 South Sudanese Flee to Sudan Amid Food Crisis

More than 48,000 South Sudanese have fled to neighboring Sudan since late January amid food shortages and continuing conflict in the world’s newest nation, the United Nations said.

People have left states including Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Warrap during the past two months for reasons including the failure of the agricultural season, ongoing violence and high cereal prices, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Thursday in a statement.

The majority have fled to the Sudanese state of East Darfur, it said, citing figures from the Sudanese Red Crescent Society and the government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million have been displaced since conflict erupted in oil-producing South Sudan in December 2013. Violence has continued even after President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed a peace deal in August. South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July 2011.

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