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Forest Whitaker: It's not too late to save South Sudan

Forest Whitaker: It's not too late to save South Sudan

(CNN) — I am just back from South Sudan, one of the world's most fragile nations. For years, I have been moved by the kind people who maintain hope that they will live to see peace. My heart has ached for them, as they have endured pain and violence that make such hope feel out of reach.

Recently, the United Nations declared famine in parts of South Sudan. This was a long time in the making -- the civil war that began in 2013 continues to cause chaos, cutting people off from their land, livelihoods and even the aid they are forced to rely on. To date, famine has put 100,000 people at risk of death, and 7.5 million more need immediate humanitarian assistance.

Every day the conflict continues, South Sudanese people face tremendous risks and unthinkable decisions. With a quarter of the country's population uprooted by violence, stories of rape and torture echo throughout the country…

To read the full op-ed article please visit the CNN website: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/21/opinions/save-south-sudan-opinion-whitaker/index.html