Girls collect water from a recently opened bore hole in South Sudan. Photo courtesy of Flickr.
Life in South Sudan continues to be a struggle. After being hit by drought and then severe flooding, the Nile basin country now faces widespread food insecurity. The UN’s food aid organization estimates that 5.5 million people are at risk of going hungry at the beginning of 2020.
Drought struck the young nation earlier this year, followed by several months of devastating floods. The high waters, which prompted a state of emergency in three regions in October, have affected almost one million people. They also decimated nearly 73,000 metric tons of potential harvests.
Complicating the situation is the ongoing conflict in the country, which has been raging on and off since South Sudan gained independence in 2011. The conflict, coupled with back-to-back disasters, has left the country with meager food supplies.
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