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Aid Agencies Face Challenges To Famine Response In South Sudan

The Lancet: Famine in South Sudan
“…The first famine in six years was officially declared by the U.N. in parts of South Sudan in February, affecting more than 100,000 South Sudanese, with a further one million on the brink of starvation. Food aid is acting as life support for many, but a shortage of basic drugs condemns others to death. Aid officials accuse both government and multiple opposition forces of using hunger as a weapon of war, since aid is routinely denied access to the thousands displaced. Added to this are ethnic atrocities and massacres, rape, and oppressive security measures…” (Devi, 5/20).