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South Sudan Government, U.N. Agencies Declare Famine In Two Counties Heavily Impacted By Civil War

Reuters: Parts of South Sudan suffering famine: govt official
“Parts of war-ravaged South Sudan are suffering famine, a government official said on Monday, adding nearly half the country’s population would lack reliable access to affordable food by July. … The United Nations defines famine as when at least 20 percent of households in an area face extreme food shortages, acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 percent, and two or more people per 10,000 are dying per day…” (Dumo et al., 2/21).

Washington Post: Famine declared in South Sudan, with 100,000 people facing starvation
“A severe food shortage has deteriorated into a famine in two counties in South Sudan, the government and United Nations announced Monday, with 100,000 people facing starvation. Joyce Luma, head of the World Food Programme in South Sudan, called the famine ‘man-made,’ blaming it on political turmoil in a country engulfed in civil war since late 2013…” (Ombour, 2/20).

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