Makeshift refugee camps in Sudan. Photo: James Sprankle/Washington Post

To South Sudan’s woes, add famine—50,000 children at risk of death

by Ty McCormick Washington Post August 24, 2014

MALAKAL, South Sudan — Nyarony Choing is as old as South Sudan. And like the world’s newest nation, she has been to hell and back before her fourth birthday. When civil war broke out eight months ago in Juba, the capital, Nyarony’s mother fled with her three children, winding up in a refug...

Women at Doro refugee camp in South Sudan collect their monthly food rations. Photo: Stephen Graham/IRIN

New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa: Funding shortfall has resulted in 50 percent cuts to food aid rations for one-third of African...

by IRIN News July 7, 2014

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly fo...

A child snacks in her family’s new shelter, at Protection of Civilians (POC) camp III, near UN House, in Juba. Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

South Sudanese children starving while aid falling short

by Julia Hotz Inter Press Service July 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 15 2014 (IPS) - Even as aid workers are warning that children in South Sudan are falling victim to mass malnutrition, international agencies are said to be missing their fundraising goals to avert a looming famine in the country. On Monday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the inte...

Using hand tools and draft animals, a family harvests wheat in Ethiopia’s famine-prone highlands. Education has helped small farmers become more efficient, but wheat yields are still a third below the world’s average. With more than a third of Ethiopians malnourished, the government is courting industrial farms to help close the gap. Photo: Robin Hammond/National Geographic

Africa: The next breadbasket?

by Joel K Bourne Jr National Geographic June 30, 2014

She never saw the big tractor coming. First it plowed up her banana trees. Then her corn. Then her beans, sweet potatoes, cassava. Within a few, dusty minutes the one-acre plot near Xai-Xai, Mozambique, which had fed Flora Chirime and her five children for years, was consumed by a Chinese corporatio...

These unique food banks are helping the most vulnerable families in Niger. Photograph: IFAD/David Rose

Gallery: female-run cereal banks help families facing food crisis in Niger. Community food banks in Niger – run exclusively by women—are reduc...

by Charlotte Seager Guardian Professional June 26, 2014

“Before cereal and grain banks were always managed by men, with the stock sold to generate money,” says Vincenzo Galastro, IFAD's country portfolio manager, based in Niger. “These banks are managed by women, and the repayment of stock is carried out by villagers, which allows the most vulnerab...

Fear and trauma prevent displaced South Sudanese from returning home

by IRIN News June 12, 2014

Civilians displaced by brutal fighting in South Sudan are ignoring calls from government officials to return to their homes, preferring the safety of squalid UN bases to the risk that conflict could again engulf towns already devastated in the six-month conflict....

Wounds of War: Lat Padang, a soldier with the opposition army in South Sudan who says he is 18, at a hospital in Bentiu after being wounded in battle.  Photo:  Lynsey Addario/New York Times

In South Sudan, a ghost of wars past: Child soldiers

by Isma’il Kushkush New York Times June 9, 2014

BENTIU, South Sudan — Stretched out on a tarp on the floor of a makeshift hospital on a dirt road outside this town, a soldier in a leg cast was laughing and joking with other wounded fighters. His smile was broad and innocent, his voice not yet changed by puberty. ...

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

Food crisis worsens in South Sudan as conflict is displacing millions

by Isma'il Kushush New York Times May 19, 2014

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...

US officials question ability of Nigeria to rescue hostages due to military incapablity as the result of corruption

by Eric Schmitt and Brian Knowlton New York Times May 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials on Thursday questioned whether the Nigerian military is able to rescue, even with international help, more than 260 schoolgirls abducted last month, giving impetus to a social media campaign calling for the United States to do more to free the hostages....

Real threat in a known market for children

by Rick Gladstone New York Times May 7, 2014

When the leader of the Boko Haram extremist group threatened to sell hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian girls “in the market” in a rambling online video posted this week, he was not necessarily making an irrational boast....

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