South Sudan has declared a famine - 100,000 people in the war-torn country are facing starvation, another one million are on the brink of famine and another 5 million people are in need of food and nutrition assistance.
Even more daunting, another 20 million people worldwide face starvation in a series of four simultaneous famines over the next six months, the United Nations(UN) World Food Program(WFP) has warned.
Precipitated by a civil war and an economic collapse, South Sudan's famine is the first declared globally in the last six years even though there have been starvation warnings in Yemen, Somalia and northeastern Nigeria, the BBC-News reported. In South Sudan, another six million people could be in danger of starving to death unless the food situation is ameliorated.
Elsewhere across the globe, the WFP warns of another 20 million people who face starvation over the next six months due to four simultaneous famines brought on by drought and wars. Arif Husain, the chief economist for the WFP, confirmed the coming danger in a BBC-News report, while he noted that humanitarian aid had increased, but was not sufficient to feed all the needy people.
In 2012, drought across the Sahel brought famine to the multiple-nations of Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania and Burkino Faso. Back in 1998 to 2004, 3.8 million people died from starvation and disease during a famine created by the Second Congo War.