Despite dire warnings recently from humanitarian agencies, thousands of children remain severely malnourished and remain vulnerable to cholera, diarrhea and other diseases in Somalia; the international community is not prepared.
Sri Lanka is in the midst of its worst drought in decades. Rain shortages since October have created a humanitarian and economic crisis that is now affecting more than 1.2 million people. More than 900,000 people are in “urgent need of food assistance,” while 80,000 of them may need “urgent life-saving support,” according to a March 7 draft assessment acquired by IRIN.
As many as 1.4 million children in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of dying from famine, according to UNICEF. U.N. agencies are appealing for emergency support to help tens of millions of people suffering from hunger across the four countries, before they descend into famine. Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan on Monday. Formally invoking the world famine for the northern-central part of the country means that hunger is starting to kill people and will continue if nothing is done.
Reports are calling it a “deadly fruit,” as investigators recently discovered lychee is behind the mysterious outbreak that has taken hundreds of children’s lives every year in Muzaffarpur, India. The discovery, published Tuesday in the Lancet Global Health journal, is a celebration of scientific collaboration and quality sleuthing. However, others say what comes next could have an even greater global impact.
More than 7 million people living in West Africa’s Lake Chad basin are surviving on just one meal a day, a U.N. official warned. With millions of Nigerians displayed from their homes, a regional crisis is brewing. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel Toby Lanzer said that international help is crucial for people living in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, and to prevent a deadly hunger crisis.
More than 2 million children in Yemen are acutely malnourished, UNICEF officials said today. In response, U.K.-based aid groups will launch an appeal to fund their humanitarian response on Tuesday.
A growing hunger crisis and inadequate humanitarian response are conspiring against children in northeastern Nigeria. As many as half of all children under 5 years old are acutely malnourished, according to Save the Children. If nothing is done, up to 75,000 children could die – about 205 a day.
One month after Hurricane Matthew roared through Haiti and destroyed the homes and livelihoods of some 1.4 million people, U.N. agencies and other responders are striving to provide adequate care for women and children.
Amid hunger, cholera and daily attacks in Yemen, the U.N. humanitarian chief warned, an entire generation has nearly lost its formative years, underscoring the need for peace.
Around 1.5 million children in Yemen are malnourished and half the population lives in hunger, United Nations aid agencies said on Friday, three days after pictures of an emaciated Yemeni teenager sparked headlines around the world.