UN: South Sudan has one month left before worst starvation in recent African history


#1

rt.com/news/south-sudan-starvation-un-664/

“If we miss the planting season, there will be a catastrophic decline in food security,” he explained. “What will strike that country, and it will hit about seven million people, will be more grave than anything that continent has seen since the mid-1980s.”
Why can’t the peoples of the world choose LOVE of neighbor?

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#2

''If we miss the planting season" is why there will be a catastrophic decline in food, i.e., this does not necessarily have anything to do with not loving our neighbour. Moreover, I already sent my donation to Catholic Relief Services, as this news is from a week or two ago.

P.S. If you’re interested in donating, you can donate to Aid To The Church In Need or CRS.

emergencies.crs.org/2014/04/


#3

Why did you donate ? Was it not because of your love for your neighbor? The peoples in South Sudan is greatly in need of humanitarian aid if they are to accomplish their plantings.

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#4

Of course, they are in need of humanitarian aid, but the crisis in Sudan is a result of internal issues/conflicts (within government), and we’re hearing about it now because the U.N. and other organizations have forewarned us of the oncoming disaster (in order that we do help them).


#5

Praying for the people of the Sudan & for all the people of the world facing starvation.


#6

Why don’t you ask these guys: "Hundreds of people were killed because of their ethnic group after South Sudan rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu last week, the UN has said."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27102643


#7

Did you read the news article I linked to?

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#8

That’s right, that has been in the news too, really bad, 200-400 civilians, it kind of sounds like Rwanda and there is a lot to all of this. Not sure which sides, one side was loyal to the Prime Minister. Could not tell a lot about all who are involved.


#9

For the most part. You keep talking about “Love,” but it is rival tribal violence that is killing the people and making it impossible to cultivate any kind of self-sustaining way of life. You have to start at the root of the problem.


#10

But the UN has stated that with international aid, the famine can be avoided.

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#11

But the violence is what is fueling the famine.

“Millions are going hungry today — and we are seeing evidence of extremely high levels of malnutrition among hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the conflict — especially women and children,” he said.

South Sudan saw massive violence sweep the country in December, when fighting broke out between troops loyal to former vice president Riek Machar and those loyal to President Salva Kiir. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and more than 1 million have fled their homes.

International aid officials have increasingly invoked the word “famine” to describe what South Sudan could face in coming months. The country is extremely poor and most residents survive only on the crops they plant and harvest. Because of the fighting, many residents are not able to plant crops ahead of the coming rainy season.

“Without immediate action, up to a million people could face famine in a matter of months,” Ban said in what appeared to be his first warning of possible famine in the country.

"Our message is clear," Ban said. "We need an end to the fighting and a political solution to a conflict which has already taken a heavy toll on civilians; we need the resources to continue providing life-saving assistance and livelihood support; and all parties to the conflict must respect the rights of the people of South Sudan and abide by international humanitarian law."

So, they will have to attempt to perform these humanitarian operations right where the fighting and political unrest is occurring. Doesn’t sound as simple as saying the UN has said the famine can be prevented. A lot of other factors.


#12

Yes, I agree with much of what you say, but it sounds like aid could prevent a large scale famine.

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#13

And…next year? Ten years? 100 years?

What happens when the aid stops coming (and someday it will) and the entire populace is utterly dependent on it?

Those fields will be fallow in a heartbeat once the freed food shows up. No one will farm to compete against free after all.


#14

We have got to teach them to how to be self-sufficient.

Longer term help is on the way.
World Bank preparing to implement plans to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030
nextbigfuture.com/2014/04/world-bank-preparing-to-implement-plans.html
And we are morally obligated to help.
1 John 3:17-18
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

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#15

Of course, they will have to finish their rival tribal killings first. Oh, and settle the civil war, too. After that, it shouldn’t be a problem.


#16

From the article: “The three keys are more jobs for people in extreme poverty, more social safety nets and sustainable green development.”

So, the way to end poverty in South Sudan is 1) create jobs 2) create social safety nets and 3) establish “green” infrastructures. All of this in a country where people live on less than $1.25 a day, never mind the warlords who are fighting and killing all in the name of power, the muslims who are killing and kidnapping in the name of islam or the people who are killing each other in the name of tribal rivalries. All of this in a country where illiteracy is probably 95%+. I wonder how much a year the chaps at the world bank make to come up with such a common sense plan?


#17

Yes, as was well pointed out in the article, tribes warring against each is a big problem that need to be overcome.

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#18

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