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U.N. Threatens S. Sudan Leaders With Sanctions Amid Looming Famine; U.S. To Give Emergency Food Aid

News outlets report on growing concerns over the South Sudan famine and the U.S. and U.N. responses.

Agence France-Presse: U.N. threatens S. Sudan leaders with sanctions
“U.N. Security Council envoys warned South Sudan’s warring leaders they would face sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine does not stop…” (Wudu, 8/12).

Reuters: Concerns over South Sudan arms reports as famine looms: U.N.
“There are reports that South Sudan’s warring factions are arming themselves for another bout of fighting, a delegation from the U.N. Security Council said on Tuesday, threatening both sides with sanctions amid growing fears of a man-made famine…” (Odera/Jorgic, 8/13).

VOA News: U.S. to Give S. Sudan $180 Million for Food
“The United States will give South Sudan approximately $180 million in emergency food aid to help avert famine, the White House said. National Security Adviser Susan Rice announced the funding Tuesday, saying South Sudan is facing ‘the worst food security situation in the world’…” (8/12).