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Skeletal children sign of crisis in Sudanese town
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Apr 8, 2010 - 6:47:03 AM

Skeletal children sign of crisis in Sudanese town

The Associated Press
Thursday, April 8, 2010; 10:27 AM


AKOBO, Sudan -- Skeletal children fill a hospital ward in southeastern Sudan and elderly villagers too frail to walk lie helplessly outside in what the U.N. says is the "hungriest place on earth."

Aid groups Save the Children and Medair found in a recent survey that almost 46 percent of children in the region are malnourished. The groups say more than 250 children in Akobo alone are severely malnourished and will die without immediate intervention.

The U.N. says two years of failed rains and tribal clashes have laid the foundation for a humanitarian crisis. The World Food Program quadrupled its assistance levels earlier this year and is now feeding 80,000 people in the town near the Ethiopian border. The U.N. says 4.3 million people in southern Sudan need assistance this year.

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