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Hunger has a tight grip on people in Magwi County

Ating Benson
According to a WFP report, this year alone, about five million South Sudanese will struggle to provide enough food for themselves, Magwi in Eastern Equatoria State, being no exception.
22.06.2012  |  Magwi
An old woman is preparing Sorghum in Magwi, June 16.
An old woman is preparing Sorghum in Magwi, June 16.

Maize in stock is not affordable for many people in Magwi County.
© The Niles | Ating Benson
The World Food Program (WFP) says about  80% of South Sudan’s population lives in rural areas, and are largely dependent on subsistence farming and livestock keeping.

Yet only 4% of South Sudan’s arable land is cultivated, despite a high number of unemployed people.

Ating Benson reports from Magwi about the current situation and investigates why people are suffering: