JUBA, South Sudan

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Thursday it urgently needs at least $270 million to avert a looming famine in South Sudan as 5.5 million people face the risk of starvation in 2020.  

“I am here today because of my grave concern regarding the food security situation that has developed and compounded in terms of problems as result of the flooding,” WFP Executive Director David Beasley told reporters at a news conference in the South Sudan capital, Juba. “The flooding coupled with droughts, war and economic crisis is a perfect storm underway.”

Beasley said the WFP

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