As many as 1.4 million children in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of dying from famine, according to UNICEF. U.N. agencies are appealing for emergency support to help tens of millions of people suffering from hunger across the four countries, before they descend into famine. Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan on Monday. Formally invoking the world famine for the northern-central part of the country means that hunger is starting to kill people and will continue if nothing is done.
More than 20 million people – greater than the population of Romania or Florida – risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, U.N. World Food Program Chief Economist Arif Husain said.
After South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011, the world’s youngest country has found it difficult to build a stable nation and a functional health system, leaving many mothers at risk for dying during pregnancy and children at risk for preventable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea.
Tens of thousands of South Sudanese are fleeing the country’s civil war for refuge in neighboring Uganda each month. More than 400,000 people made the journey this year. The majority are going to the Bidibidi refugee camp, a place that a few months ago was just a small village in Uganda.
South Sudan’s three-year-old civil war may descend into genocide, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum warned today.
Kenya deported a high-profile refugee, James Gatdet Dak, spokesman for former Vice President and opposition leader Riek Machar, was deported to Juba, South Sudan, according to UNHCR, a day after a post on Facebook.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon fired the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan for failing to protect civilians. A new investigation found the peacekeeper response to heavy fighting in July was “chaotic and ineffective.”
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