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A woman waits to be registered at a food distribution centre run by the United Nations World Food Programme in Thonyor, Leer state, South Sudan. Reuters/Siegfried Modola

How South Sudan’s warlords triggered extreme hunger in a land of plenty

Nearly half of South Sudan's population could be severely food insecure and at risk of death in the coming months because of the avoidable acts of civil war in a land of plenty.
Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces on patrol following deadly fighting close to Malakal in October 16, 2016. Reuters/Jok Solomon

Lessons from The Gambia to end the impasse in South Sudan

There’s still hope South Sudan can avoid becoming a full failed state. This will require radical changes in Juba's mindset and bolder action from regional and international players.

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