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South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, is on the brink of Africa’s worst famine. What can be done to help? Read our 5 recommendations.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, is on the brink of Africa’s worst famine. What can be done to help? Read our 5 recommendations.

If the conflict in South Sudan does not end, the U.N. warns that half of its 12 million citizens will be displaced, starving or dead by year’s end. 

"People are suffering everywhere."

Our South Sudan Country Director describes worsening conditions and the massive tragedy unfolding in the young nation, where millions are already at risk of famine and disease.

Photos: Jacob Zocherman for Mercy Corps

Big news today! We’ve teamed up with DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and the Justice League to fight drought and famine in the Horn of Africa. Learn more about the We Can Be Heroes campaign, and join us!

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Today, November 9, 2011, is FWD Day of Action. FWD the facts and help us to reach 13.3 million FWDs in honor of the 13.3 million in need. FWD the facts now!

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Today, November 9, 2011, is FWD Day of ActionFWD the facts and help us to reach 13.3 million FWDs in honor of the 13.3 million in need. FWD the facts now!

It is important to remember that however plagued Somalia is, however routine conflict, drought and disease have become, however many Somalis have already needlessly died, Somalis are not somehow wired differently from the rest of us. They are not numb to suffering. They are not grief-proof. I’ll never forget the expression on Mr. Kufow’s face as he stumbled out of Benadir Hospital into the penetrating sunshine with his lifeless little girl in his arms. He may not have been weeping openly. But he looked as if he could barely breathe.

Jeffrey Gettleman, in a stunning piece in The New York Times on the crisis in Somalia.

ONE unveiled a new PSA titled “The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity” to spark a more urgent response to the growing famine in Somalia that has already killed more than 30,000 children in just 3 months.

Learn more at One.org.

Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places.