Two UN agencies dealing with the fight against poverty and hunger have presented the latest report, according to which 750,000 people in five African countries - Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of starvation.
Four consecutive rainy seasons have failed in the Horn of Africa - the worst drought spell in more than 40 years - and a fifth in October-December will probably also look alike.
Drought has combined with a global rise in food and fuel prices, pushed up by the war in Ukraine, to hit millions across the continent, putting food staples out of reach for poor families and killing crops and livestock.
750,000 people are facing starvation and death in Ethiopia, Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan.— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) June 7, 2022
Targeted humanitarian action is urgently needed to save lives in 20 hunger hotspots across the globe.
Latest @WFP and @FAO report: https://t.co/JbxRPriHpd pic.twitter.com/mTj8aTTtKV
The organisation pointed out that the country has 386,000 children in urgent need of treatment for life-threatening malnutrition, numbers that are already higher than the 340,000 children who needed treatment in 2011, a year when famine killed hundreds of thousands of people, she said.
"No mother should have to lose her child. Owliyo has watched four die this year. A drought has taken them, one by one."— NRC (@NRC_Norway) June 8, 2022
More than 200,000 people in #Somalia face hunger and starvation after the 4th failed rainy season in a row.https://t.co/AQUYurEgcW via @ap