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Thursday, November 11, 1999 Published at 03:24 GMT

World: Africa

UN warns of famine in Sudan

The United Nations and international aid agencies have warned that the population of the Nuba mountains in central Sudan will face severe food shortages next year.

A joint mission which visited the region parts of which have been inaccessible to the international community for almost a decade said sixteen years of civil war had limited access to fertile land and depleted livestock herds.

The agencies also warned of inadequate health coverage, particularly in areas controlled by the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement.

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