Food Security in South Sudan
Elevated grain stores such as this one, seen in Kudo village in Eastern Equatoria on 8 August 2014, shoud ordinarily be full of sorghum following the harvest. This year, however, due to a combination of drought in some parts of the country, the ravages of pests in others, and instability caused by war, many South Sudanese are facing acute food shortages and possibly famine. Lena Kamilo, who has two sons and is the owner of this grain, was displaced by fighting. Her January harvest was then destroyed by pests—she recouped only three bundles of sorghum, two of which have already eaten. She says that she is trying to eke out the remainder until January 2015, feeding her family only pumpkin leaves and the leaves of black eyed peas, both common foods that people fall back on in hard times. She has received seed to plant from Plan International to improve her chances of producing a viable harvest during the next growing season.