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Thursday, 23 February 2017 14:51

Famine a ‘tragic reality’ in South Sudan

The article, “Famine a ‘tragic reality’ in South Sudan,” The Mercury Tuesday, 21 February 2017 refers.


Besides South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are also in a severe grip of famine.

According to UNICEF, millions of people – including 1.4 million children – are suffering from severe malnutrition and are at ‘imminent’ risk of death as famine takes hold in these four countries.

The crisis has been declared as the first new famine in six years with fears it could spread even further.

The four countries don’t border each other yet each have different issues as to why their people are suffering.

Due to the three-year civil war millions of South Sudanese have become refugees and the displacement of people has meant fertile land has been left unfarmed.

In Yemen, where war has been raging for two years, 462,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition.

Two regions of Nigeria have been affected by famine, with around 450,000 children severely malnourished as aid agencies are unable to reach people.

Drought in Somalia has left 185,000 children on the brink of famine but that figure is expected to reach 270,000 in the next few months.

Sadly, UNICEF has stated that ‘not only is the disaster expected to grow but aid agencies may already be too late.’

Letter sent to The Mercury on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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