The Heat: Famine in South Sudan while food shortages threaten Nigeria

The Heat

A South Sudanese refugee receive medical treatment as many cross along the border in Sudan’s White Nile state. (AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY)

The violence and humanitarian crisis inside South Sudan has prompted some to label the world’s youngest country “Africa’s Syria.”

The U.N. has formally declared famine in parts of the nation where entire regions face risk of starvation, and millions more are in urgent need of help.

More than 1.5 million people have fled the country and nearly 2 million are internally displaced.


CGTN’s Patrick Oyet reports.

To discuss the humanitarian toll in South Sudan:

    • Emira Woods, an associate fellow at the Insitute of Policy Studies
    • Brian Adeba, an associate director of policy for the Sudans and the Horn of Africa at the Enough Project

Nigeria is one of four nations facing famine, according to a recent report by the United Nations. The U.N. is seeking to raise emergency funds to tackle the growing crisis, but Nigeria’s government has denied the report, saying it is not at risk of famine.

CGTN’s Deji Badmus reports.

To discuss the growing food shortages in Nigeria:

  • Emira Woods, a board member of ActionAid
  • Adebayo Alonge, a Nigerian public policy analyst and blogger

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