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Earlier Responses Needed For Potential Famine In South Sudan

Washington Post: Experts are predicting a famine in South Sudan. Why can’t we stop it?
Rick Noack, an Arthur F. Burns Fellow at the Washington Post

“…If governments and NGOs have known about the looming catastrophe in South Sudan for months and if early reactions could have saved thousands of lives, why were they waiting? The problem is that South Sudan is following a standard pattern for these kinds of problems: The help only really arrives once it’s too late. … That’s a shame for all. Responding to disasters retroactively not only endangers many more lives, it can also cost more money…” (8/16).