Alex de Waal

Famine Is Much More Than Malnutrition - It's a Social Crisis

Stephen O’Brien, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, briefed the U.N. Security Council on March 10 on the famine in South Sudan and the dangers of imminent famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. O’Brien made a clear call to action. His opening words were, however, hyberbolic: “We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”

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