We’re Fighting Famine in South Sudan With Images From Outer Space

Settlements in South Sudan. Image courtesy © 2017 DigitalGlobe
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network, DigitalGlobe, and thousands of online volunteers partner up to map out displacement in crisis-stricken regions.

By Becky Ferreira | MOTHERBOARD

Millions of people in South Sudan, a nation in northeastern Africa, are suffering from one of the most devastating famines in decades. Brought on by drought, war, and widespread instability, this looming crisis was recognized back in 2015 by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), an organization created by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to monitor potential humanitarian disasters in food-insecure regions around the world.

Following the warnings of FEWS NET, the United Nations formally declared the situation a famine in February, spurring an international effort to slow the horrific consequences of the emergency, which affects half of the South Sudanese population—including over one million children.

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