Top of the Morning: Specter of a Famine for South Sudan

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Specter of Famine Looms For South Sudan

US and EU officials issued a dire warning yesterday. “The UN warns that fighting has stopped the planting of crucial crops, while giant stores of the World Food Programme have been entirely ransacked, increasing the challenges for those struggling to stem a ballooning humanitarian crisis in what was already one of the world’s poorest nations. Heavy fighting has continued despite the January deal, with the army on Thursday reporting clashes in the strategic oil city of Malakal, one of the hardest-fought battlegrounds in the conflict.” (AFP

Military Operation Displaced Thousands in Somalia

The AU and Somali forces are facing down the remnants of Al Shebab. “The UN is warning of the humanitarian consequences of this action. It is estimated that 3 million people live in the districts and regions, which may be directly affected by the military operation. While the situation remains fluid, an estimated 6,000 people have arrived in Baidoa in Bay region, the main recipient location so far.”  (OCHA