Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an
announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies,
which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an
entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African
The official classification of famine highlights the human suffering caused by South Sudan's three-year civil war and even as it is declared President Salva Kiir's government is blocking food aid to some areas, according to U.N. officials.