Food crisis worsens in South Sudan as conflict is displacing millions

by Isma'il Kushush

Internally displaced people wait to register for food distribution at a camp at the base of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in Bentiu, South Sudan. Five months of civil war in South Sudan have led to the death of thousands and the displacement of more than one million people. Photo: Lynsey Addario/New York Times

WAU SHILUK, South Sudan — At the beginning of the rainy season every year, Nyaaker Onwar, 34, would plant the sorghum and vegetables, while her husband and eldest son herded the cows and caught fish from the White Nile. They ate what they produced, and when the harvest was bountiful, they sold the rest in a nearby market town.