Five myths about famine

by Gayle Smith

In South Sudan, thousands of people walk for hours to reach a food distribution site. (Photo: AP)

As the looming threat and tragic reality of famine spread across South Sudan, northern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, 20 million people are in urgent need of food and other assistance. But even with grim reports from the UNs’ relief agencies and images of starving children, there is widespread confusion about what famine is and what we can do to help.