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News in the Humanosphere: Famine declared in parts of South Sudan


War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared today, three U.N. agencies warned. A further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, UNICEF and the World Food Program also warned that urgent action is needed to prevent more people from dying of hunger. If sustained and adequate assistance is delivered urgently, the hunger situation can be improved in the coming months and further suffering mitigated. The total number of food insecure people is expected to rise to 5.5 million at the height of the lean season in July if nothing is done to curb the severity and spread of the food crisis. (WFP

RIP…Russia’s combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The ministry gave no details on the circumstances of his death but offered condolences to his relatives and said the diplomat had died one day before his 65th birthday. (Reuters

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A retired Philippine police officer said Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was a mayor, ordered and paid him and other members of a so-called liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents, including a kidnapping suspect, his family and a critical radio commentator. (AP

Close to 3 million Kenyans are in need of relief assistance, said the secretary of communication and state house spokesman in his weekly address to the media in Nairobi. (East African

The Executive Director of the World Food Program and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees are concerned that critical shortages in food assistance are affecting some 2 million refugees in 10 countries across Africa. (WFP

El Salvador’s former first lady has declared her innocence as she entered a courthouse to face corruption charges related to her husband’s presidency. (AP

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called on the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to take immediate steps to halt widespread human rights violations, including apparent summary executions, by the country’s armed forces. (UNHCR

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