African Union blames rival South Sudan factions for country’s famine

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The famine in South Sudan has angered officials at the African Union.

The continental authority has said the famine is entirely man-made, and that both sides in South Sudan’s conflict are to blame.

The ongoing unrest has prevented farmers from harvesting their crops, with hyper-inflation hiking the price of imported goods far beyond the reach of most people.

Humanitarian organizations struggle to reach many communities due to a lack of proper roads and infrastructure, as well as attacks and looting of aid convoys.

South Sudan has been dogged by violence since December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his then deputy Riek Machar of plotting to overthrow his government. Machar denied the allegations but then went on to mobilize a rebel force to fight the government.

A peace deal that was signed in 2015 has continually been violated by both sides, with the UN warning of a possibility of the situation in the country to escalate into genocide.

The AU is planning to send 5,000 troops to facilitate the peace process in the country.

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