On Monday, South Sudan, the world's youngest nation formed after splitting from the Muslim-majority north in 2011, declared famine in some regions, saying 100,000 people faced starvation and another million were on the brink of famine. Since achieving independence in a peaceful transition from Sudan, factional fighting along ethnic lines has killed tens of thousands of South Sudanese. Famine, which now they face, is as a result of widespread destruction caused by various groups fighting to take control of the country.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR said it was initially expecting up to 60,000 South Sudanese to arrive in Sudan in the whole of 2017, but "the level of new arrivals has thus far surpassed initial expectations".
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