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Is South Sudan on the brink of famine?

The UN warns millions in South Sudan face a critical shortage of food, despite a peace deal following its civil war.

A record seven million people – more than half of the country’s population – in South Sudan are facing severe hunger, according to a report by its government and three United Nations agencies.

A lack of rain, ongoing economic crisis and years of civil war are being blamed for the worsening situation.

The report stopped short of declaring a famine, but says nearly two million people go without food for long periods and suffer acute malnutrition, leading to many deaths.

Over the past two years, the number of people needing food aid has increased by two million.

If the lack of rain and poor harvests continues, 21,000 people could suffer from famine.

What should be done to stop this disaster?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan


Pierre Vauthier – deputy representative of the UN’s food and agricultural organisation in South Sudan 

Alan Boswell – senior analyst at the International Crisis Group

Jok Madut Jok – cofounder of the Sudd Institute