More than 250,000 children in war-torn South Sudan could die by July because of starvation, an United Nations official has warned.
A quarter of a million children in war-torn South Sudan are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death, according to UNICEF.
South Sudan's civil war, now in its fifth year, has killed tens of thousands and plunged parts of the country into starvation.
Only an end to the ongoing hostilities in South Sudan can bring back hope and safety to the nation's children and young people, a top United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) official has said.
"The violence has meant that numerous farmers have run away from their fields", said Fore.
Calling for emergency action to boost food security, Fore said South Sudan was now heading into the dry season, which "means there's just less food, less water to be found".
Tens of thousands are estimated to have died in the conflict which has also displaced a quarter of the country's population of 12 million.
Some 2.4 million children have been forced to flee their homes since the war broke out. Recounting another grim incident, Ms Fore said she had spoken with a young boy who was forced to join an armed group at the age of 10.At the same time, she said, she saw "signs of hope" emanating from the families experiencing the horror."UNICEF and other aid agencies are working on the ground in some of the most unsafe conditions to provide children and young people with their basic needs".
South Sudan is considered the world's most unsafe place to be an aid worker, with at least 95 killed since the conflict began.
Almost half of the 1,159 humanitarian access incidents reported previous year by aid agencies involved violence including killing, looting and threats. At least one in three schools has been damaged, destroyed, occupied or closed. "This is no small feat", she stressed, describing South Sudan as "the most risky place in the world for humanitarians" as 28 aid workers were killed a year ago alone.
A ceasefire deal was signed in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa last month but it has been violated repeatedly with both sides blaming each other.