UN: The famine crisis in Africa has affected 18 million people

The United Nations warned today that 18 million people in the Sahel region of Africa will be hit by severe famine in the next three months, due to the war in Ukraine, the coronary virus pandemic, climate shocks and rising prices.

The famine crisis could lead to increased migration of people from the affected areas, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

Severe famine in the Sahel region has threatened most people since 2014, with four countries particularly at risk, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger, where nearly 1.7 million people face alarming levels of food insecurity, according to the UN.

Parts of the Sahel region, a large area stretching across sub-Saharan Africa, have had the weakest agricultural production in more than a decade, and food shortages could be exacerbated by the end of the summer, World Food Program spokesman Thomson Fear said.

OCHA Director Martin Griffiths said that “the combination of violence, insecurity, deep poverty and record high food prices incites hunger and brings millions to the brink of survival.”

The Griffiths-led UN office is donating $ 30 million from its emergency fund to Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad and Niger.

Ukraine and Russia are the leading producers of wheat, barley and other agricultural products, and the conflict between the two countries has almost completely stopped exports across the Black Sea.

By Editor

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