The United Nations (UN) has declared a famine in South Sudan, the world’s youngest country.
According to the UN, the famine affects more than 100,000 people in two counties of Unity state. There are fears it will spread as an additional one million South Sudanese are on the brink of starvation.
Roughly 5.5 million people, or about half of South Sudan’s population, are expected to face severe food shortages and be at risk of death in the coming months, according to the UN.
Officials have contested that hunger in South Sudan is even more shocking because of the country’s fertile land conditions.