For the second year in a row, the world's youngest nation will not have any official celebrations to mark the anniversary of its birth because of the widespread suffering caused by its ongoing civil war.
Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been displaced and aid workers evacuated as rebels accuse government troops of advancing on their stronghold and killing civilians along the way.
South Sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost 2 million people are on the brink of starvation and an estimated 6 million people — half the population — will face extreme food insecurity between June and July, according to reports by the government and the U.N. released Wednesday.
Albin Koolekheh watched his 4-year-old son die in his arms.
South Sudan has the world's fastest growing displaced population and more needs to be done to help them, says the director of the United Nations refugee agency.
More than 1 million disabled people are vulnerable to the increasing violence of South Sudan's brutal civil war.
The new American director of the World Food Program called the suffering in South Sudan's famine "deplorable" as he visited the country and called on the government to allow aid groups safe access.