Facing the Famine

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/world/africa/why-20-million-people-are-on-brink-of-famine-in-a-world-of-plenty.html

Famine has swept over the African countries of South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, and the Asian country of Yemen. According to recent figures from the United Nations, twenty million people are in danger of starvation and need food assistance across the four mentioned countries. “We stand at a critical point in history,” says UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’ Brien. “ Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN,” he also mentions. 100,000 people are nearing close to starvation in South Sudan alone, and almost 5 million people, which is more than 40% of the country’s total population are in need of urgent care, say aid agencies.

Somalia is in quick need of funds as disease such as cholera and measles are spreading in addition to drought and famine along with it. Charities are already providing food, water, sanitation, health, and shelter in the distressed areas of the famine. All countries are in need of funds and donations, and anyone can take necessary action to give to these people under these unfortunate circumstances the care and supplies they need. These people desperately need aid to save more than 20 million people from starvation and diseases, and it is up to us and the world to come to the rescue of the four countries.

In addition to famine and disease, terrorism is also active in the countries. In Somalia, the terrorist group Al-Shabaab disrupts humanitarian progress by blocking the roads and stealing food from the needy victims. This is another major problem that faces the victims of the famine, as it renders them almost unable to get and provide any food and nourishment for themselves which is a major issue. Already in Yemen, more than 7 million people are technically without food, and if this keeps up, the future of the effect of this famine will not turn out well. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the the crisis has been “neglected” by the world. He states, “Let’s not forget that each one of these people is an individual case of extreme suffering.” “There is a moral obligation for us all to do everything we can to support these people.” As a reminder, anyone can play a part in helping the victims of this crisis. There are websites such as cnn.com that let you take action online today.

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Facing the Famine