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May 20, 2015 7:35 PM
As the civil war in South Sudan rages on, more than 100,000 refugees have fled to camps in neighboring Uganda. The United Nations Children's Fund says $36 million is needed to meet these refugees' basic needs. Recently the European Commission donated $1 million, which to UNICEF is significant, but far from enough. Serginho Roosblad has more from a camp in northern Uganda.
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Video Malnutrition Remains Serious Problem for South Sudanese Refugees

As the civil war in South Sudan rages on, more than 100,000 refugees have fled to camps in neighboring Uganda. The United Nations Children's Fund says $36 million is needed to meet these refugees' basic needs. Recently the European Commission donated $1 million, which to UNICEF is significant, but far from enough. Serginho Roosblad has more from a camp in northern Uganda.
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State Attorney Marilyn Mosby addressing media in Baltimore, Maryland, May 1, 2015.

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This image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, April 25, 2015, shows Nusra Front fighters in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib province, Syria.

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