South Sudan: The hunger caused by bickering politicians

BBC From Our Own Correspondent
Leer, South Sudan

(Tristan McConnell)
Nyakuak Duk with her two grandchildren in a feeding centre at the MSF hospital in Leer, South Sudan (Tristan McConnell)

You don’t have to go much further than the airport in the capital Juba to see how far South Sudan has fallen in the six months since conflict restarted.

There are tanks and an anti-aircraft gun at the end of the runway. Hulking Ilyushin-76 and Lockheed C-130 cargo planes painted with the logo of the World Food Programme are parked on the apron in between flights to airlift food to hungry parts of the country.

The new terminal, which was supposed to be ready to welcome guests celebrating the nation’s independence four years ago, is still not completed and is already beginning to rust.

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