Salva Kiir Mayardit
South Sudan: Hard-won hope turns to ashes
South Sudan: Hard-won hope turns to ashes

By the end of this year, half of South Sudan's 12 million people will either be in flight, facing starvation or dead. That was the shocking but all too real prognosis presented to me on arrival Tuesday in Juba, the nation's capital. Over the last five months, this newest of nations, and one of the world's poorest, has been plunged into a maelstrom of violence that has displaced more than 1.2 million people and raised the specter of ethnic cleansing. With more than 4 million already desperately hungry and fields lying empty because people are too afraid to plant or tend their crops, the country faces the threat of famine. It is a perfect storm of man-made calamity. This was...