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Famine Declared in South Sudan’s Unity State

More than 100,000 people in two counties of Unity state are starving, UN and government officials say.

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three UN agencies.

By BBC News,

A famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years. The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine.

A combination of civil war and an economic collapse have been blamed. There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but South Sudan is the first to declare one. Continue reading Famine Declared in South Sudan’s Unity State

Eritrea: Coping with Climate Change

To counter the devastating impact of climate change, the Eritrean government invested in a range of initiatives and programs, including but not limited to: creating small-scale irrigation schemes; building numerous ponds, reservoirs and dams; installing solar panels for water pumps throughout the country; and developing drip, pump and sprinkler irrigation systems.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD),

According to the World Bank (WB), climate change, which will involve more droughts, floods, heatwaves, and other severe weather conditions, poses a great global threat, particularly to poor, vulnerable, marginalized populations, who are often hardest hit by its effects. Notably, multiple stressors, including the spread of HIV/AIDS, the implications of global economic integration, the privatization of resources, migration, and conflict are closely interrelated with climate change, while climate change has also negatively contributed to health problems such as malnutrition, malaria, meningitis, and dengue fever (Fields 2005; UNICEF 2015; World Bank n.d.). Continue reading Eritrea: Coping with Climate Change