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Over 270 Million are Starving
Countries with famines today include Afghanistan, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Congo, Somalia, and Yemen. put over 270 million people on the brink of starvation. According to the World Food Program (WFP), more than 270 million people in 20 countries are on the brink of famine. Two-thirds of Yemen’s 28 million people are starving. A recent survey found a 15.5 percent increase in severe malnutrition this year, with at least 98,000 children dying.
Countries with Famine Today: Millions are Starving to Death
In a camp for displaced people in northern Yemen, there were twins lying on a bed of palm leaves, their neck bones and ribs protruding. He started crying loudly as if he was in pain. But it was not because of illness but because of hunger.
It explains why 18-month-old twins, Muhammad and Ali, weighed just 3kg or 6.6 pounds, less than a third of the required weight, according to the Associated Press. His father, Hassan al-Jama’i, farmed in the northern province of Hajjaj, near the Saudi border, but soon after his birth, the family took refuge in a camp in the Abbas district.
“We are working to improve their health. Their father took them everywhere,” said Maryam Hassam, the twins’ grandmother.
270 Million on the Brink of Starvation: Can Get Doubled within one year
In many countries, the Coronavirus epidemic has put a new strain on the war-torn regions, pushing more and more people into poverty and the inability to afford food. According to the UNO, the number of people on the brink of starvation (270 million can increase twofold within one year if it continues. At the same time, international aid has declined, weakening the safety net that keeps people alive.
War-Torn, Flood-Starved, and Economically Devastated South Sudan
Countries with famine today include South Sudan. It is also closer to famine than any other country, as five years of civil war have led to one crisis after another. The recent famine has affected more than one million people in Sudan. The recent floods have destroyed 73,000 metric tons of potential harvests.
Earlier this year, the United Nations estimated that a quarter of Jungle State’s population would be on the brink of famine. There is now a shortage of food for the people of South Sudan, who have been cut off from many parts of the world by the floods.
“Conflicts, economic crises, and recurring floods, as well as the indirect effects of the coronavirus, have created a ‘complete storm’, while the floods and violence It has caused massive homelessness, low crop yields, and loss of livestock and massive famines.
Malnourished Yemenis Can Rise from 2 Million to 3.2 Million in the Next 6 Months
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of malnourished people can rise from 2 million to 3.2 million in the next 6 months. According to the Associated Press, the United Nations agency UNICEF and the Food and Agriculture Organization have announced that two-thirds of Yemen’s population will receive humanitarian food aid to survive.
The countries with famines today include war-torn and devastated. Yemen. The World Food Programme’s Beasley warned the Security Council last week that “Yemen is on the brink of disaster.
For years, Yemen has been the epicenter of the world’s worst food crisis, largely due to the devastating civil war by Houthi rebels, who seized power in the north and capital Sanaa in 2014, while a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen supported the government.
With the help of international aid, the famine in Yemen weakened two years ago, but this year the threat has increased significantly. Food is out of reach due to increasing violence and currency depreciation.
Two-thirds of Yemen’s Population Faces Food Shorage
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 innocent Yemenis have lost their lives in the war and bloodshed in Yemen. Moreover, 3 million have been displaced by the worst humanitarian crisis in history. The United Nations has said in a report that two-thirds of Yemen’s population needs humanitarian food aid to survive.
On the other hand, international organizations have reported that the death rate due to the spread of Coronavirus in Yemen has reached 27%. Sadly, Saudi Arabia, the richest Muslim country, has imposed a terrible war on Yemen, the poorest Muslim country, since March 2015.
It is with the help of its Arab-Hebrew-Western counterparts to restore the former and resigned Yemeni government of Mansour Hadi.
Over 17,500 Yemenis Have Lost Their Lives Since 2015
However, despite 5 years and 4 months of continuous bombardment in this war, Saudi Arabia has failed miserably in achieving its goals. In addition, over the past five years, hundreds of thousands of innocent Yemenis, directly or indirectly, have lost their lives as a result of this horrific war by invading Saudi Arabia, or become crippled and become a burden on the shoulders of others.
Afghanistan is No Better Than Yemen
Countries with famines today also include Afghanistan which faces war-related disability, epidemics, unemployment, and rising food prices. Hundreds of Afghan workers have returned from Iran and Pakistan this year due to the spread of the coronavirus, which has cut off remittances of millions of dollars, a major source of income for people in Afghanistan. There are plenty of food items in Kabul’s bazaars, but shop owners say very few customers can afford them.
Over 0.8 Million Afghans have Lost their Lives since 2001
Since 2001, over 801,000 Afghans have lost their lives, according to the report published by the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. In the Bagrami camp in the mountains near Kabul, Gul Makai sits near her mud-brick house. They had spent the night digging out water and mud after the roof collapsed in the recent snow.
With the early snowfall this year, the temperature has dropped below freezing. Twelve of her children, aged 10 and under, shivered with her in the bitter cold.
Gul Makai fled her home in the southern province of Helmand seven months ago after her husband died in a shootout between the Afghan army and the Taliban, after which she begged for a one-time meal for her children. Her meals consist of rice or hard bread while she eats every other day.
Zamare Hakimi, a resident of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, says she can only feed her children once a day, which is usually hard black bread dipped in tea. He quit his job as a taxi driver after contracting the coronavirus and now waits for a job on the road that rarely comes.
“When the children complain, I tell them to be patient, maybe one day we will get something better,” he added.
Over 820 Million People Facing Acute Hunger
According to the World Hunger Index, over 820 million people worldwide suffer from hunger and malnutrition. These include the 124 million or nearly 12.5 million people whose hunger problem has become so severe that hunger has become starvation.
According to the report, global efforts to eradicate hunger in the last 18 years from 2000 to date, no matter how successful, face serious threats from wars and armed conflicts. According to the UNO, the sub-Saharan Africa region is currently the most affected by hunger and malnutrition in the world.
Despite all the efforts made, the hunger crisis in the world has been increasing again for the last three years. More than 50 million children are starving to the point of starvation.
272 million Migrants and 68 Million in Crisis-Stricken Regions Facing Food Deficiency
According to the UNO, the number of international migrants has reached 272 million. Moreover, over 68 million people in various crisis-stricken regions of the world are leaving their homelands to save their lives. This has further worsened the issue of food shortage. The number of people forced to flee their homes to save their lives is unprecedented. Considering the global migrant crisis, the famines have become more alarming.
No Sebstanstantive Actions to Address the Issue
UNO is not doing enough to help the countries with famine today. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) this week released a $100 million emergency fund for seven famine-stricken countries such as Yemen, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Congo, etc. which is a drop in the ocean. The head of the World Food Program, David Beasley, says billions of dollars in new aid are needed to combat this disaster.Share