Published on 20 Mar 2017 Sections

South Sudan famine risk

Chief Correspondent

South Sudan is, of course, the world’s newest nation state, but it’s also quite a rich country. Oil-rich at the time of independence, it was exporting 360,000 barrels of crude every day. It has had billions in aid, not least from the Obama administration, but globally as well. And yet according to the UN, it’s now at the centre of what it is calling impending global catastrophe across the East Africa region and beyond.