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    Humanitarian groups are warning 60% of South Sudan’s population will face ‘catastrophic’ famine.

    That is if aid cannot reach areas affected by floods, violence and the pandemic.

    A joint report by three UN agencies, says 6.5 million people in the region are facing starvation and that number could rise.

    Aid agencies blame the worsening situation on violence that has made it impossible to produce food, and dangerous and difficult to deliver aid.

    Last month, the UN released $7m in emergency funding to try to avert famine.

    So, what can be done to save Africa’s youngest country?

    Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

    Guests

    Matthew Hollingworth, South Sudan Country Director for the World Food Programme.

    Douglas Johnson, former member of the Abyei boundary commission and author of, “South Sudan: A New History for a New Nation”

    Geoffrey Duke, security analyst and director of the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms.

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    In This Story: South Sudan

    South Sudan, is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa.

    It gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the most recent sovereign state or country with widespread recognition. Its capital and largest city is Juba.

    It includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd, formed by the White Nile and known locally as the Bahr al Jabal meaning “Mountain Sea”.

    South Sudan has a population of 12 million, mostly of the Nilotic peoples, and it is demographically among the youngest nations in the world, with roughly half under 18 years old. The majority of inhabitants adhere to Christianity or various traditional faiths.

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    The Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in Northeast Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, Libya to the northwest, Chad to the west, the Central African Republic to the southwest, South Sudan to the south, Ethiopia to the southeast, Eritrea to the east, and the Red Sea to the northeast.

    Sudan’s history goes back to the Pharaonic period. Independence from the British was proclaimed on 1 January 1956.

    Islam was Sudan’s state religion and Islamic laws applied from 1983 until 2020 when the country became a secular state. The economy has been described as lower-middle income and relies on oil production. Sudan is a member of the United Nations, the Arab League, African Union, COMESA, Non-Aligned Movement and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation.

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