United Nation appeals for $4.4bn to quench hunger in four African countries


Recently, appeal has been made for $4bn as mix of drought and conflict threatens 20 million in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

However, the risk of mass starvation in four countries – Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – is rapidly rising due to drought and conflict, the UN refugee agency has warned.

It has been confirmed that about 20 million people live in hard-hit areas where harvests have failed and malnutrition rates are increasing, particularly among young children, the UNHCR said.

In South Sudan alone UN declared famine in some areas in February which still prevail till today. “a further one million people are now on the brink of famine”, Adrian Edward, UNHCR spokesman, said.

“We are raising our alarm level further by today warning that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria is growing.” He further explained.

Somalia’s drought is threatening three million lives, according to the UN. It has been confirmed that children are really suffering from malnutrition and hope that the world can come to their rescue.
Edward said that lives will be lost if help does not arrive. He further explained that hunger disaster will be the order for the day if urgent help is not rendered.

United Nations warns of mass starvation across Horn of Africa. It further estimated that the rate of hunger particularly in this area keeps increasing everyday.

A preventable humanitarian catastrophe, possibly worse than that of 2011 when 260,000 people died of famine in the Horn of Africa, half of them children, “is fast becoming an inevitability”,Edward further explained.

Violent conflicts and increasing displacement have deepened food shortages in many places, Edwards said, warning that the dangerous combination of factors risked making the current crisis worse than the 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa that killed more than 260,000 people.

“A repeat must be avoided at all costs,” he said, pointing out that UNHCR’s operations in famine-hit northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen were funded at between just 3 and 11 percent.

In order to secure a better life, people are on the run within their countries and there are also greater numbers of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Sudan and Uganda, according to the UNHCR.

The UN cautioned that the current hunger crisis might be worst than that of 2011.
Edward further said that situations like this are usually taken for granted until it gets out of control.
“Always the problem that we have with humanitarian crises in sub-Saharan Africa is that they tend to get overlooked until things are too late”

UNHCR is expanding its operations but is blocked by a severe funding shortfall, with some of the country programmes only funded at between 3 and 11 percent.

Overall the UN has appealed for $4.4bn for the four countries by the end of April, but has received less than $984m or 21 percent to date, said Jens Laerke,the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The hunger crisis at hand needs immediate and urgent attention. There is need to assist the affected countries in order to save innocent lives.

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