Seeds: Decades of wars have caused great poverty in this newly founded country. Last year there was a major refugee crisis, with over 1 million people fleeing the country seeking refuge in surrounding areas because of the violent conflict that persists between ethnic groups.
Core: A famine was formally declared, and this means that malnutritions exceeds 30%, more than 20% of households have extreme food shortages, and a certain percentage of people are dying from starvation. 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more very close. According to some organizations, more than 40% of South Sudan’s population (4.9 million people) are in desperate need of food.
Skin: Several people are calling it a man-made famine, mainly due violence that hurt the farmers ability to produce crops and the already crippling economic instability of the country.
Food For Thought: Do you think that other nations owe more help to countries like South Sudan?
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The title is a quote from Emma Jane Drew, Oxfam's humanitarian program manager in South Sudan.