[ View the story "South Sudan, between fighting and famine" on Storify] South Sudan, between fighting and famine Who’s to blame for the country’s 'man-made' crisis?
The Stream· Wed, Aug 13 2014 17:36:27
The United Nations has
the crisis in South Sudan "currently the worst in the world" and warns about a looming famine. The United States recently
$180 million in emergency food aid to help bring relief to the world's youngest country.
#News | South Sudan: 3 years after its independence, the country faces intense ethnic clashes and a worsening famine
According to the UN, "Over 50,000 children are at risk of
as a consequence of acute malnutrition while 115 people died from cholera in the recent weeks as the epidemic disease continues to grow, with more than 5,300 cases."
How South Sudan's Conflict Has Led To A Food Crisis (AJ+ Asks)V3Nm3T-XAgVhKH9jT0ViRg
There is a history of rivalry between the Dinka and the Nuers, which are the two largest ethnic groups in South Sudan.
In December 2013, violence
when President Salva Kiir, who is a Dinka, accused his Nuer vice president, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup. The violence has displaced 1.1 million people and 434,000 have fled to neighbouring countries.
#SouthSudan #Bentiu 4 many ppl choice is btw living (safe) in such horrific conditions&violence of armed groups ©MSF
Violence in #SouthSudan has undermined cropping + forced 1 Million to flee their homes - triggering possible famine.
Ethnic fighting along with poor infrastructure makes aid distribution in South Sudan very difficult. Air transportation of supplies is also challenging because of the floods.
Thousands wait for emergency food aid in Leer #SouthSudan via @ICRC air drops @nicholesobecki @AFP @AFPphoto:
For the first time since Afghanistan 1997, the Red Cross is resorting to airdrops to get aid to people in #SouthSudan
MAP showing #SouthSudan's major road closures preventing food supplies from reaching those facing famine |
The impending famine has led to peace talks
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The Stream asked its online community: What should be done to curb the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan?
@ElleDubG @AJStream The best we can do is to form a 'neutral' transition gov't excluding Kiir & Machar. Otherwise a UN trusteeship 'll workKuach Tutkuay
@AJStream I don't see a practical solutions there. It is a typical problem that most African countries suffer from: tribalism.Mansour Bin Maryam
@AJStream Throwing $ at a corrupt regime won't solve anything. Int'l community shd sanction the leadership, push for war crimes inquiriesHind Makki
@ElleDubG @AJStream salva kirt and rech machar knows what to do, in the interest of humanity, lay down the arms and deal with the crisisato sneed
@AJStream #SouthSudan must be made aware of the effect of the crises on future generations. How it limits their ability to grow nationally#Emma_Odia