More Suffering for the 'Hungriest Place on Earth'

With bleak prospects of rain, the so-called ”hungriest place on Earth” is not about to get any relief.

How bad is it in Akobo, Sudan?

According to Akobo’s top official, Goi Juoyul, a family of five will have to make do with a cup of grain for two days.

“If you stay here for a week you’ll have problems, even if you have money,” said Dr. Galiek Galou, one of three doctors at the hospital in Akobo, as quoted by The Associated Press. “There is nothing to buy.”

The World Food Program has already increased its aid to the town fourfold from January to March, according to AP. Save the Children and Medair found 253 severely malnourished children, whom they enrolled in a feeding program relying on fortified peanut butter. A study by the two organizations indicates that around 46 percent of children in the region suffer malnutrition.

The crisis in Akobo, a town on the border of Ethiopia, is attributed to tribal fighting and two years of dry spell.

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    Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.