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International Donors Pledge $600 Million for S. Sudan

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International donors at a conference in Oslo, Norway, have pledged $600 million for South Sudan, where the United Nations says 4 million people are at risk of starvation.
 
Tuesday's pledges are in addition to the $536 million already promised. Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende calls the pledges significant and says they will save lives.
 
But U.N. officials say the pledges still are short of the $1.8 billion needed for South Sudan.
 
Fighting between government forces and rebels is causing a huge refugee problem and preventing farmers from planting crops ahead of the rainy season.
 
The United States was the largest single donor at the conference - pledging $300 million.
 
South Sudan's Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the government will guarantee free movement of humanitarian aid, including in rebel-held areas.

Some information for this report comes from AFP and Reuters.

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by: max ajida from: Pretoria, South Africa
May 21, 2014 12:07 AM
Kiir and Macha stop the carnage! Are you happy when a foreign hand is feeding you. You have everything to feed yourself eg fertile soils, oil that can support any development activities.The barrel of the gun will never develop your country. Hold your hands high and start developing your nation.

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