Understanding that evil forces are governing the actions of those committing violence seems to explain the unexplainable. (Photo/Katie G. Nelson)

Week’s Must Read: South Sudan Refugees Teach Us That You Can’t Live By Bread Alone

For many, religion provides both an explanation for their plight notions of sin and punishment as well as solace and agency.


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Girl in South Sudan: 1 million people in the country are classified as being on the brink of famine. (UN Photo/ JC McIlwaine)

‘Man Made’ Famine Declared In South Sudan: ‘Families Have Exhausted Every Means They Have To Survive’

A formal famine declaration means people have already started dying of hunger; 4.9 million people – more than 40% of South Sudan’s population – are in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance.


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The Pain Of Slowdown: It Could Take 300 Years For Emerging Markets To Catch Up With Rich World

On the kind of growth trends that emerging markets boasted 2000 -2009, it would take them only 30 years to catch up with the rich world, in terms of per capita wealth. Now, the projections put it at 300 years


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the countries with the highest fibre optic density are either rich, small or both. (Photo/ Flickr/ Kool)

Fibre Optics In Africa, The World Cup (And How A Little Internet Can Go A Long Way)

Rich countries – and particularly small, rich ones – have more access to ICT and are able to leverage it effectively, and poor countries, less so. In South Africa’s case, hosting the World Cup had something to do with it.