Women carry sacks of food in Nimini village, Unity State, northern South Sudan, February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
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Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation. The official classification of famine highlights the human suffering caused by South Sudan's three-year civil war and even as it is declared President Salva Kiir's government is blocking food aid to some areas, according to U.N. officials.It is not the first time South Sudan has experienced starvation.U.N. officials have contested that hunger in South Sudan is even more shocking because of the country's fertile land conditions.
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