UN: African famine ‘largest humanitarian crisis since creation of UN’

The UN humanitarian chief warned the Security Council that 20 million people in four countries are facing starvation. “Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death.”
20 million facing starvation Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien spoke yesterday (Friday) before the UN Security Council warning about the “largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations” in 1945. According to O’Brien and as reported last week by JOL, more than 20 million people living in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria are at risk of starvation and famine.

“We stand at a critical point in history,” stated O’Brien. “Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer from disease,” continued O’Brien, adding that this figure contains 1.4 million children who are in immediate danger.

O’Brien plead to the council members to immediately allocate resources to the four countries in order to help avoid a catastrophe. He also stated that $4.4 billion is needed by July in order to lessen the damage that the famine has created. “Children stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost,” O’Brien stated. “Communities’ resilience rapidly wilting away. Development gains reversed. Many will be displaced and will continue to move in search for survival, creating ever more instability across entire regions.”

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