South Sudan: Violence halts food aid to thousands

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The Independent Online

The United Nations has suspended World Food Programme (WFP) operations in two states in South Sudan because of insecurity, deepening the region's crisis ahead of its independence in July.

A WFP worker was killed in an ambush in Jonglei state this week, forcing the agency to suspend aid to seven of 11 counties in the state beset by clashes between the army and rebels.

The WFP said the South Sudan army commandeered a lorry full of food aid destined for schools in Lakes state, prompting a full suspension there. The halt will deny rations to 235,000 people.