PEOPLE STARVING TO DEATH IN SOUTH SUDAN — could become the “worst famine catastrophe in Africa in decades” – click to read

South Sudan, famine

You know I have traveled to South Sudan with Reverend Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse…..spent time in a refugee camp there.   When I was there, conditions were horrible…beyond words.  And now? it is only getting worse.  

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GENEVA – War-torn South Sudan could become the scene of the worst famine catastrophe in Africa in decades without more aid and a ceasefire to let farmers reach their fields, the UN warned Thursday.

“If we miss the planting season, there will be a catastrophic decline in food security,” Toby Lanzer, the UN’s top aid official in the country, told reporters in Geneva.

“What will strike that country, and it will hit about seven million people, will be more grave than anything that continent has seen since the mid-1980s,” he warned, referring to the massive famine in Ethiopia that shocked the world’s conscience.

South Sudanese farmers usually plant their fields in April and May, but they have been unable to start this year amid a raging civil war.

“We’ve got 3.7 million people who are already at severe risk of starvation,” Lanzer said.

If people can’t make it to their fields in the next two months, he said, “it doesn’t take much to imagine what will happen when the harvest is due in November and December: There won’t be one”.

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