South Sudan:Crisis is man-made, government must act -Norway

A child collects water from a water point in Juba, South Sudan, on March 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Norway’s foreign minister says South Sudan’s leaders have inflicted a massive humanitarian crisis on the population threatened by a famine, adding that a stop in fighting in the civil war is needed urgently.

Borge Brende says South Sudan is “one of the world’s biggest humanitarian disasters,” affecting nearly 6 million people.

He said the crisis is man-made and a solution must include agreement with opposition groups.

Brende called Tuesday for a worldwide ban to stop “the flow of weapons” into the world’s newest nation.

According to UNICEF, more than 5 million people in South Sudan don’t have access to safe, clean water, compounding the country’s problems of famine and civil war.

Since 2013, South Sudan has been embroiled in a civil war that has killed at least 50,000 people.

 

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