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Hunger 'critical' in violent Kordofan

2012-10-18 12:53

Nairobi - A US advocacy group says new research shows that more than 80% of people in a conflict zone in southern Sudan are eating only one meal a day, compared to 10% one year ago.

The Enough Project on Thursday released a report showing that girls in the Sudanese state of South Kordofan are experiencing a "critical" level of malnutrition, the most serious classification on the World Health Organisation's scale. Boys are just below that, at "serious."

The research was conducted by an aid group the Enough Project said didn't want to be identified. Sudan forbids aid groups from operating in South Kordofan, where anti-government rebels are fighting government troops.

Thousands of families fleeing hunger and violence in the Nuba Mountains have streamed into South Sudan.