The first famine declared in six years

Jarrod Sierocki

A famine has been declared in two counties in South Sudan. The announcement was made by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies.

A young child sits on the floor in the therapeutic feeding unit of the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan, which has been hit by famine. Picture: Kate Holt/UNICEF via AP

MILLIONS of people — including 1.4 million children — are at risk of dying as a severe famine takes hold in four countries.

Urgent action must be taken now if the world is to avoid a repeat of previous disasters.

That is the stark warning which has today been issued by UN officials and UNICEF who said the world can no longer afford to ignore starvation.

According to UNICEF almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year as famine hits Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

The crisis has been declared as the first new famine in six years.

As fears grow that the famine could spread even further, one official has already war…

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