The organizations insist that the warnings are clear: action must be taken now or famine will occur in the coming weeks. They also recalled that in 2011 half of the 244,000 people who died from this scourge did so before the famine was officially declared.
The United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicef, said that there are more than half a million children in great danger and some are already dying.
During the 2011 famine the number was 340,000 children requiring treatment, today it is 513,000, so we have more than half a million facing avoidable death. It is a number, it is a pending nightmare that we have not seen in this century’, this body warned.
In its report, it warned that the famine suffered by this African nation is focused in central-southern areas, and that if humanitarian aid is not significantly and immediately increased, the food shortage will probably last until March 2023.
The Committee’s directors warned that famine may have already begun, and said that the total number of food insecure people in the Horn of Africa is more than 80 million, a number not seen in decades, while more than 20 million are suffering from hunger.
The sum of growing food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition in that part of Africa has generated a complex health emergency, in which health risks are increasing and access to health care is decreasing every day, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned.