South Sudan has reached the lowest point in its entire history

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Leer, South Sudan

Nyaway Kuony Thiec cradles her son Both, who is being treated for severe acute malnutrition at a hospital run by MSF in Leer, South Sudan (Tristan McConnell/GlobalPost)
Nyaway Kuony Thiec cradles her son Both, who is being treated for severe acute malnutrition at a hospital run by MSF in Leer, South Sudan (Tristan McConnell/GlobalPost)

Eight months old and weighing less than half what he should, Ruot Diang died in his mother’s arms on a Tuesday night earlier this month.

Doctors at the hospital where he was being treated in rural South Sudan thought it was tuberculosis that finally killed him, after malnutrition severely weakened his body. But they can’t say for sure because the hospital’s lab — like its operating theater, emergency room and pharmacy — had been looted and burned when the country’s latest civil war reached the town of Leer in January.

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