head of support United NationsMartin Griffiths said about This Tuesday (26) 2 million children take the risk of hungry In the Horn of Africa region, which is facing one of the worst droughts in decades.
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“The hard truth we must recognize today is that we are again in a race against time to prevent massive loss of life in 2022, and we do not have the resources to do so,” he said in remarks delivered virtually.
The dry months in the Horn of Africa have destroyed crops and livestock and forced many people to flee their homes.
according to the food program of United Nations (WFP), the number of people starving due to drought may increase from 14 million (current numbers) to 20 million.
- Feather Somalia6 million people, or about 40% of the population, face extreme levels of food insecurity and, if the situation does not improve, “a very real risk of hunger in the coming months”, highlights the WFP;
- Feather Kenya500,000 people are headed for a food crisis, especially in northern communities that live off livestock;
- Feather EthiopiaMalnutrition rates in the south and southeast have exceeded emergency levels.
Conflict, poverty and locust plague
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations highlighted that some drought-affected areas in the Horn of Africa are suffering from the cumulative effects of conflict, poverty and locust plague.
“We must act now if we are to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe,” FAO representative for the African Union, Chimimba David Firi, told an informational meeting in Geneva.
According to the WFP, the situation is further aggravated by the conflict in Ukraine, which has contributed to rising food and fuel prices and affected supply chains.
The agency says a lack of funds in this region of the world could cause havoc and is seeking $473 million in funding over the next six months.
In February, an old fundraiser raised less than 4% of the funding needed, he said.
The FAO lacks more than 60% of the funds needed to help the 1.5 million people the agency wants to support in the three countries.