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Famine declared for more than 100,000 in South Sudan; 1 million on the brink of starvation

Famine declared for more than 100,000 in South Sudan; 1 million on the brink of starvation

South Sudan's president said Tuesday his government will ensure “unimpeded access” for all aid organizations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100,000 people in the country suffering from years of civil war.

President Salva Kiir's remarks to the transitional national assembly came after famine was declared in parts of oil-rich Unity state. More than 100,000 people are affected, according to South Sudan's government and U.N. agencies. They say another 1 million people are on the brink of starvation.

(Albert Gozalez Farran / AFP/Getty Images)

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