Sudan Stranded Amid the Gunfire

As the civil war intensifies, thousands are left starving

In recent months, more than 40,000 victims of famine have tramped across battle zones to reach the southern Sudanese town of Wau and its life-giving supplies of food. Last week not a single ounce of relief grain was delivered to the starving region. A transport plane filled with 315 tons of corn stood idle in neighboring Uganda, and 200 food-laden vehicles were halted at the border. With food supplies all but exhausted, some famished Sudanese were reduced to eating leaves off the trees. And when guerrilla fighting broke out in the crumbling provincial capital, many of the half-starving refugees were forced...

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