A woman winnows grain to separate sorghum seeds from soil after collecting seeds off the ground following an air-drop at a village in Nyal, an administrative hub of Panyijar county in Unity state, south Sudan, on February 23, 2015.
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The world's biggest marshland has shielded the people of Nyal from the carnage of South Sudan's civil war, but now hunger and illness are taking the toll that violence has not.In the surrounding Panyijar County some 60,000 people have been left almost entirely dependent on supplies dropped from the sky by the World Food Program, part of a multimillion dollar aid operation keeping the world's youngest nation, and now its newest failed state, from falling into all-out famine.Nyal is under rebel control and cut off from the capital and its usual sources of food and medicines.Sebhatu said the clinic treated 58,000 patients last year, more than double the number in 2013, before the war began.Many have chosen safety over comfort, isolating themselves in the tall reeds and on the small islands that dot the marshlands.
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