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UN Agency Ends Food Aid to Parts of South Sudan as Funds Run Dry

Women from Murle ethnic group carry bags of sorghum during a food distribution by United Nations World Food Programme in Gumuruk, South Sudan.

Women from Murle ethnic group carry bags of sorghum during a food distribution by United Nations World Food Programme in Gumuruk, South Sudan.

Photographer: Simon Wohlfahrt/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations World Food Programme is suspending assistance to a third of those it planned to support this year in South Sudan as the East African nation faces its worst hunger crisis since independence in 2011. 

The lack of funding may heighten the risk of starvation for 1.7 million people, the organization said in an emailed statement.