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New nation on the brink

South Sudan, June 27, 2014

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Six months of conflict have driven South Sudan to the brink. Over one million people have fled terrifying violence, and now disease and famine threaten millions more in the world’s newest country.

Children are dying from severe malnutrition and people have been unable to plant because of the fighting. For some displaced families, eating grass and roots in the bush is the only way they can survive.

If the conflict does not end soon, the U.N. warns that half of the young country’s 12 million people could be displaced, starving or dead by year’s end.

Mercy Corps is on the ground in South Sudan helping the most at-risk people survive. In this video, Mercy Corps’ Michael Bowers, Director of Strategic Response & Global Emergencies, talks about the dire situation and our ongoing response to the nation’s spiraling crisis.

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