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World Food Program Chief Visits South Sudan

The head of the United Nations' World Food Program warned during a visit to South Sudan that famine could be declared in parts of the country and an entire generation could be lost to violence and hunger if 15 months of fighting does not end soon.

Ertharin Cousin said she saw severe food insecurity when she visited parts of South Sudan that have been hard-hit by the conflict that erupted in December 2013 and is still ongoing in at least three states.

The visit is Cousin’s second visit to South Sudan in four months. In that short space of time, Cousin said things have gone from bad to worse in the young country.
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World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin visited the town of Ganyiel (highlighted in yellow) and an island in the nearby Sudd marshes during a visit to Unity state in South Sudan on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
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World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin visited the town of Ganyiel (highlighted in yellow) and an island in the nearby Sudd marshes during a visit to Unity state in South Sudan on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Displaced South Sudanese wait on Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Ganyiel, Unity state for sacks of food provided by the World Food Program (WFP) to be distributed.
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Displaced South Sudanese wait on Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Ganyiel, Unity state for sacks of food provided by the World Food Program (WFP) to be distributed.

World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (L) meets with displaced South Sudanese during a three-day visit to the country.
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World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (L) meets with displaced South Sudanese during a three-day visit to the country.

Women and girls stand on shore near the Sudd wetlands in southern Unity state in South Sudan on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Hundreds of South Sudanese are sheltering in the wetlands and come into the town of Ganyiel to pick up food provided by aid agencies.
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Women and girls stand on shore near the Sudd wetlands in southern Unity state in South Sudan on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Hundreds of South Sudanese are sheltering in the wetlands and come into the town of Ganyiel to pick up food provided by aid agencies.

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