30 April 1998
Sudan crops unsown for third year running

STARVING Sudanese are now dependent on handouts from the United Nations and private agencies after crops in the country have gone unsown for the past three years.

The current food crisis has more to do with civil war than El Niños freak weather although this has certainly played its part, says the Financial Times.

War has seen fighters mercilessly burn crops and torching grain stores in the area known as Bahr el Ghazal. Its feared there will be no harvest to reap in August if farmers do not receive seeds to plant within the next two weeks.

  • Financial Times 30/04/98 page 4
  • The Daily Telegraph 30/04/98 page 18
  • The Times 30/04/98 page 17, page 27 (Leader)