South Sudan declares famine in parts of war-torn country

This file photo taken on Oct 11, 2016 shows Agop Manut (11 months), who suffers acute malnutrition and respiratory distress, at the clinic run by Doctors without Borders in Aweil, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan.
This file photo taken on Oct 11, 2016 shows Agop Manut (11 months), who suffers acute malnutrition and respiratory distress, at the clinic run by Doctors without Borders in Aweil, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. PHOTO: AFP

JUBA (AFP) - South Sudan's government said Monday (Feb 20) that the country's over three-year war has led to famine in parts of the nation, while nearly half the population was going hungry.

Isaiah Chol Aruai, the chairman of South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics, said some parts of the northern Greater Unity region "are classified in famine, or... risk of famine", according to a sliding scale of hunger in which an extreme lack of food has lead to starvation and death.