South Sudan, the most dangerous country for aid worker- USAID

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A U.N. truck drives past displaced South Sudanese families resting in a camp for internally displaced people in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Tomping, Juba, South Sudan, July 11, 2016. Beatrice Mategwa/United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)/Handout via REUTERS
A U.N. truck drives past displaced South Sudanese families resting in a camp for internally displaced people in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Tomping, Juba, South Sudan, July 11, 2016. Beatrice Mategwa/United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)/Handout via REUTERS

The world’s youngest nation, South Sudan continues to be one of the most dangerous places for aid workers to operate, owing to reports that 15 aid workers have died this year.

According to a report by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), at least 82 aid workers have been killed since the conflict began in December 2013.

The country is currently facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as nearly 6 million people-about 50 percent of the country’s population are hungry.

About 4 million people have been uprooted, including 1.9 million who are internally displaced and nearly 2 million who are refugees in neighbouring countries, the United Nation says.

President Salva Kiir has been urged to end the suffering of the people by taking a number of specific steps in restoring a permanent ceasefire, ending obstruction of humanitarian access and engaging the warring parties in an inclusive peace process, USAID reports

Saving lives is getting harder to do as crises and conflicts grow in complexity, strain scarce resources, and often put aid workers in grave danger, the reports says.

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