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Call truce or face famine, South Sudan fighters told

A humanitarian worker from the United Nations has urged warring parties in South Sudan to call a temporary truce in order to prevent a famine.

UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator Toby Lanzer, who witnessed a recent massacre in the country, said a ceasefire during May and June would allow farmers to plant much needed food.

Thousands of people have been killed and over a million others have been displaced in the civil war, caused by a power struggle between the President and his sacked former deputy.

Mr Lanzer told BBC Radio 5 live's Tony Livesey: "This is the key period for the planting season. If people don't get the chance to plant or tend to their livestock, we know that famine is inevitable."

  • 09 May 2014
  • From the section Africa
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