South Sudan urgently needs help to stave off famine, UN warns

by Nick Cumming-Bruce

A South Sudanese woman ground grain from the World Food Program on Wednesday in western Ethiopia, where close to 90,000 South Sudanese have fled. Photo: Zacharias Abubeker/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

GENEVA — South Sudan needs $230 million in international aid in the next 60 days or it will face the worst starvation in Africa since the 1980s, when hundreds of thousands of people died in Ethiopia’s famine, the United Nations official coordinating humanitarian aid in South Sudan warned on Thursday.