South Sudan has today declared a famine that could put one million lives at risk. Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen famously found that famines are not caused by lack of food, but by lack of entitlement to food: the causes of famine are political, not environmental. In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster and genocide on the scale of Rwanda the international community must act. The world’s youngest state may soon become the world’s greatest shame if action is not taken to prevent genocide.
This week’s #AddaQuote by Sen reminds us that famines are never unpreventable.