(THE GLOBE AND MAIL) — The United Nations has officially declared a famine in South Sudan – the first to be declared anywhere in the world in the past six years.
Unlike most other famines, the starvation in South Sudan is not a result of drought or natural disaster. This one is a man-made catastrophe, caused by war and economic collapse, the UN says.
Three UN agencies announced on Monday that they have declared a famine in a region of South Sudan where an estimated 100,000 people are facing starvation. A further one million people are on the brink of famine as war rages on in the world’s newest country, they said.
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