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Sudan faces famine risk in 14 areas, Global Hunger Monitor says

Sudan faces famine risk in 14 areas, Global Hunger Monitor says

THERE is a realistic chance of famine in 14 areas across Sudan if the war that began in April last year escalates, a global monitor said, in a sharply worsening hunger crisis that the World Food Programme called the world's largest. The areas are located in the capital Khartoum, the regions of Darfur and Kordofan, and El Gezira state, places that have seen the heaviest fighting, an update from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) said. The IPC said its analysis marked a "stark and rapid deterioration of the food security situation" in Sudan in December and recorded the…
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2020 was the year of inequality: can we turn it around in 2021?

2020 was the year of inequality: can we turn it around in 2021?

2020 was cruellest to those who already had the least. At first, it was said that “the virus doesn’t discriminate”, but as COVID-19 spread it became clear that having a low income, being an essential worker or being a member of a marginalised racial minority are “co-morbidities” – factors which make people more likely to die. Then the pandemic created a hunger crisis, leaving hundreds of millions of already struggling people without the earnings to feed their families. It created an educational crisis, too. United Nations children’s agency UNICEF found that a third of the world’s schoolchildren – 463 million children globally – had had…
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