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U.S. Sudan Envoy Lyman Says 500,000 People May Face Famine

About half a million people in Sudan’s border states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile may face “emergency conditions bordering on famine” by March, said the U.S. special envoy to Sudan, Princeton Lyman.

This “could be a horrific tragedy that would rattle the souls of Africa and the world for years to come,” Lyman said today in Pretoria, the South African capital. African leaders should urged Sudan to allow international and United Nations aid agencies access to the area, he said.