UN warns of mass starvation in Africa, Yemen

April 11, 2017 2:13 pm

This file photo taken on March 15, 2017 shows a malnourished child being fed by her mother at a regional hospital in Baidoa town, the capital of Bay region of southwestern Somalia. (Photo by AFP)

The ’s refugee agency says the risk of mass deaths from starvation is growing in parts of east , and Nigeria due to a combination of conflict, drought and a shortfall in humanitarian aid funding to help beleaguered populations cope.
The High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says some 20 million people, more than one-fifth of them refugees, live in areas affected by drought.
The agency is raising its projections for displacement from South Sudan and Somalia.

A handout photo released by the World Food Program (WFP) shows people collecting water at the Pompomari camp in Damaturu, Nigeria, on January 26, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Spokesman Adrian Edwards cited a “particularly pernicious combination” of factors in the areas, pointing to the “world’s biggest humanitarian crisis” in Yemen, conflicts in South Sudan and Somalia, and violence and instability caused by radical group Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin.
UNHCR said 7 million people in northern Nigeria are struggling with food insecurity.
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