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Nearly 7 million people from South Sudan need emergency aid such as food, water and basic medicines due to a protracted civil war in the country, the United Nations said on Thursday, appealing to international donors for $3.2 billion.

The violence in the world’s youngest nation is in its fifth year, and has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people. One in 3 South Sudanese have fled their homes — almost 90 percent of them are women and children.

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