One of around 50 injured patients who were evacuated to Juba on flights provided by the Red Cross, the South Sudanese government and the U.N arrives at Juba hospital on September 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Samir Bol
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Over 30,000 people in South Sudan's war-zone regions face death by starvation, the United Nations said Thursday, warning that tens of thousands more are on the brink of famine.While an official famine has not been declared, the report describes the worst conditions yet seen in a 22-month civil war marked by atrocities and accusations of war crimes, including the blockading of food supplies.Some 3.9 million people are in crisis -- a third of the country's population -- a massive 80 percent rise compared to the same period last year, the U.N. said.Level five is classified as "Catastrophe", and when stretched to 20 percent of the population, becomes famine.A year ago famine was averted only after a huge intervention by aid agencies.
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