Group calls attention to Sudan famine as Obama, African leaders feast

August 5, 2014

As president Obama hosts a sumptuous, high-calorie feast Tuesday night for African leaders and nearly 400 other guests at the White House, a nonprofit group is urging the attendees not to forget the starving people in South Sudan. Action Against Hunger said more than 7 million South Sudanese are suffering from famine brought on by floods and political strife. “The level of malnourished children is shocking,” said Colin McIlreavy, the group’s director of operations. “The conflict has prevented families from reaching their fields to grow crops or tend their cattle and consequently a huge portion of the population doesn’t have enough to eat.”