The Spectre of Famine

Famine, the “extreme and general scarcity of food, as in a country or a large geographical area”, has appeared in four conflicted countries – Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. This is an unprecedented occurrence; such large-scale simultaneous scarcities of food have never before been recorded in so many countries. All four countries face both internal and external military pressures. The International Crisis Group is publishing Instruments of Pain, a four-part series devoted to the above countries and their travails. Additional sites of relevance include: Millions across Africa, Yemen could be at risk of death from starvation – UN agency (UN News Centre); Famine and Food Crises (UNICEF); Drought and War Heighten Threat of Not Just 1 Famine, but 4(The New York Times); and Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

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