South Sudan famine eases, but more going hungry: UN

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A woman dries a small quantity of sorghum on May 31, 2017, outside her house in Panthau, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. An estimated 63 per cent of the population in Northern Bahr al Ghazal is experiencing severe food insecurity, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report. The situation is particularly bad in Aweil West and Aweil South counties, where the exhaustion of household food stocks and growing dependence on financially inaccessible markets have left the population facing Emergency levels of food insecurity. / AFP PHOTO / Albert Gonzalez Farran - AFP / Albert Gonzalez Farran

The manmade famine, due to three years of conflict, has affected 100,000 people.

The term famine is used according to a globally agreed scale determined by levels of access to food, acute malnutrition and daily deaths due to hunger.

But while the famine has eased, the number of people struggling to find food each day has grown to six million from 4.9 million in February, in what the agencies said was the “highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.”

And the number of people facing emergency levels of hunger — one step below famine — has increased to 1.7 million from one million in February.

“The crisis is not over. We are merely keeping people alive but far too many face extreme hunger on the edge of a cliff,” said the FAO’s director of emergencies Dominique Burgeon.

“The only way to stop this desperate situation is to stop the conflict, ensure unimpeded access and enable people to resume their livelihoods.”

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, was plunged into civil war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his rival and former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup against him.

The violence — initially between ethnic Dinka supporters of Kiir and ethnic Nuer supporters of Machar — has since spread to other parts of the country, engulfing other ethnic groups.

The United Nations has warned of potential genocide and ethnic cleansing in the country, where there seems to be no prospect of peace in sight.

Farming communities have been driven from their homes, leaving fields unharvested and markets disrupted, and food prices have soared.

More than 3.5 million people have been displaced by the conflict, and tens of thousands killed.

©TimesLive

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  1. Subject: “South Sudan famine eases, but more going hungry”: UN, Jun 21, 2017

    Commentary, 21 Jun 2017
    One does not need to read the Text of the seemingly strange title. It is the legendary story of Africa, in any case. The whole scheme, how ever it may have been beautified, was never designed for the African people. Just make a little research and you will be horrified to learn on the amount of money and resources being spent on international civil servants and travel expenditures on travel scheme [in reality ‘vacation’]. They got it made. What is so ingenious is the scheme that AFRICAN SCHOLARS are also permitted to be involved in the scheme of self-aggrandizement. Perfect set-up. >>> at the expense of the hungry, desolate, discriminated Black African Race. The long-range scheme? Just look at the history of indigenous Aboriginal Race [*] of the Western Hemisphere. THE END
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    [*] Recently, a Top Notch Official pronounced at an official (formal) ceremony that the Aboriginal People are IMMIGRANTS >>> a slip of the tongue, betraying the inherent belief and intention. The Official apologized for his remarks—but the ‘damage’ is done!

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