Somalia: UN – 2.9 Million People Are At Risk of Famine in Somalia

FILE - In this July 10, 2011 file photo, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres is surrounded by Somali refugees as he speaks to the media in an area where recent arrivals from Somalia have settled, on the outskirts of Dagahaley Camp, outside Dadaab, Kenya. The U.N. Security Council will meet on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, to formally approve Guterres as the next U.N. secretary-general and recommend his candidacy to the 193-member General Assembly, which must give final approval. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945, the UN’s humanitarian chief has warned.
Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council that over 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria are facing starvation and famine.
He said that “without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death” and “many more will suffer and die from disease”.
He urged an immediate injection of funds for the four countries plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid “to avert a catastrophe”.
“To be precise, we need $4.4bn (£3.6bn) by July,” said Mr O’Brien.
Without the money, he said, children will be stunted by severe malnutrition, gains in economic development will be reversed and “livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost”.
UN and food organisations define famine as when more than 30% of children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition and mortality rates are two or more deaths per 10,000 people every day, among other criteria.
Mr O’Brien said the largest humanitarian crisis is in Yemen where two-thirds of the population – 18.8 million people – need aid and more than seven million people are hungry.

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