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20 March 2017

Funds and access required immediately to avert famine and save lives

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen

More than 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are experiencing famine or at risk of famine over the coming six months.

More than 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are experiencing famine or at risk of famine over the coming six months. UN agencies and humanitarian partners are ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but the necessary funds and access to do so are required immediately.

NIGERIA - EMERGENCY

An elevated risk of famine persists in the north-east. Some areas remain inaccessible to humanitarians, leaving affected people in life-threatening conditions.

SOUTH SUDAN - FAMINE

Some 100,000 people are already facing famine, while 1 million people are on the brink. Access constraints and insecurity continue to hamper the response.

SOMALIA - EMERGENCY

Due to consecutive and severe droughts, the risk of famine persists in Somalia, especially in agropastoral areas of Bay and Bakool and the Northern Inland Pastoral livelihood zone

YEMEN - EMERGENCY

Yemen is facing the largest food insecurity emergency in the world. Life-saving interventions must continue and be scaled up for a large population now on the brink of famine.

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Author: Becky Turner
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