The United States in October lifted 20-year-old sanctions on Sudan, prompting calls from the International Monetary Fund for the African country to float its currency among other measures that it said could help its economy recover.
Just weeks ago UNAMID, a joint African Union and the United Nations peacekeeping force, began reducing the number of its troops in the region, citing a fall in violence there. Khartoum had in recent years insisted that UN peacekeepers leave the region, saying the conflict there had ended.
The situation remains critical, according to reports by South Sudan's National Bureau of Statistics and the U.N.'s updated food and security analysis. "People are in a catastrophic situation," said Serge Tissot, of the Food and Agricultural Organization