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Hunger drives hunt for gold in South Sudan's east

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In the east, where poor rains have caused widespread hunger, women, children and elderly people have joined the hordes seeking their fortune through this back-breaking labour. (..) The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) says "poor climatic conditions, inaccessibility, poverty and underdevelopment, and occasional insecurity" have pummelled the area, driving food insecurity. "Many parts of the Greater Kapoeta are semi-arid, receiving low rainfall with some extreme cases where there is less than 200mm of rain per year. This makes it a difficult environment for agricultural production without a huge investment in issues such as irrigation," said WFP public information officer George Fominyen.