WorldViews: Experts are predicting a famine in South Sudan. Why can’t we stop it?

By Rick Noack, August 16, 2014

The warning signs were everywhere.

At the beginning of this year, NGOs began to caution that South Sudan faced a famine. Fears became more substantial in May, when local farmers were forced to flee their homes due to fighting between Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups at a time when they would usually have tilled their fields. At the beginning of August, the United Nations Security Council expressed "grave concern" about the situation and described it as "currently ... the worst [food insecurity situation] in the world." Some 50,000 children could die, the U.N. warned, and more than one third of South Sudan's population is dangerously threatened.

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