The UN says aid agencies are struggling to cope with the huge numbers of people arriving in Uganda after fleeing civil war in South Sudan.
As thousands flee their homes, government forces are accused of turning their weapons on civilians.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians in South Sudan face famine after three years of conflict and escalating violence. With just 400 km of tarmac road in a country the size of France, the challenge to distribute food is huge. The UN Special Representative for South Sudan and Head of the Mission is David Shearer. (Photo: A woman and a girl carry food from a distribution centre in South Sudan's Unity State where famine has been declared in several areas. Credit: AFP)
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The President of Guernsey's Overseas Aid and Development Commission is urging islanders to donate to an emergency appeal to help those on the brink of famine in East Africa.
Yesterday the States announced it was giving £50,000 to the appeal, and Jersey has given £200,000.
Deputy Emilie Yerby believes the situation in East Africa is dire.
She said: "It means at least 1 in 5 households are in the very worst situation of food deprivation, so for some of these households that's been going on for three years or more so they don't have the reserves to cope with any more shocks to their resources.
"One in three children in the area are acutely malnourished and that comes with a whole burden of disease and delays to their development and it means a doubling of the regional death rates."