- Nigeria’s 1.9 million need immediate aid in the North East;
- Yemen worst hit as 14.1 million are starving, 18.8 million need aids;
- Somalia’s 6.2 million need aid, 2.9 million risks of famine;
- South Sudan’s 7.5 million requires urgent aid amidst civil war;
More than 20 million people are currently face starvation and famine in four countries and are desperately in need of humanitarian aid to escape starvation as the world is currently experience the great humanitarian crisis the United Nations has said on Friday.
Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are experiencing distressing situations the UN’s humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien employed the world to come to the rescue of these countries else people will simple starve to death.
The cause of this aid is human made as the countries are experience crisis one crisis and the other although geographically distant apart.
“We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN,” he said Friday.
“Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. All four countries have one thing in common – conflict. This means that we, you, have the possibility to prevent and end further misery and suffering.”
The UN chief noted that without the money children will be stunted by severe malnutrition, gains in economic development will be reversed and “livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost.”
According to the UN and food organisations famine defined as a situation when more than 30% of children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition and mortality rates are two or more deaths per 10,000 people every day, among other criteria.
Mr O’Brien said the largest humanitarian crisis is in Yemen where two-thirds of the population – 18.8 million people – need aid and more than seven million people are hungry.
South Sudan is the world’s newest nation that has been troubled by a three-year civil war and more than 7.5 million people are in urgent need of aid.
“The famine in South Sudan is man-made,” said Mr O’Brien. “Parties to the conflict are parties to the famine – as are those not intervening to make the violence stop.”
Meanwhile, in Somalia over half of nation’s population – 6.2 million people – need humanitarian assistance, plus some 2.9 million who are at risk of famine and require prompt support “to save or sustain their lives”.
“What I saw and heard during my visit to Somalia was distressing – women and children walk for weeks in search of food and water. They have lost their livestock, water sources have dried up and they have nothing left to survive on,” Mr O’Brien said.
The African Giants, Nigeria’s northeast region has been in a seven-year caused by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram which has killed more than 20,000 people and turned some 2.6 million homeless.
A UN humanitarian coordinator said that malnutrition in the northeast is so pronounced that some adults are too weak to walk and some communities have lost all their toddlers.
Source: www.stingged.com/DCMA/Skynews, CNN