Why Has Famine Returned to Africa? (BBC)

Famine-hit refugees from Somalia, 2011. File photo.

For the first time in six years, the United Nations has declared a famine. The UN says 100,000 people in South Sudan, the world’s newest country, are facing starvation, and a further one million “are classified as being on the brink of famine.” Also under the threat of famine are parts of Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. The BBC asks: “Why are there still famines and what can be done about it?”

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