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UN warns of humanitarian risk due to lack of funding

United Nations, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The lack of funding today for humanitarian operations of the United Nations (UN) threatens the lives of millions of people in the face of the dramatic increase in conflicts and the worsening of the climate crisis.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in the first six months of the year, barely 18 percent of the 48.7 billion dollars, needed to help people worldwide, was accounted for. The Global Humanitarian Outlook Mid-2024 update warned that the consequences are particularly severe in the nine most underfunded crises: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Mali, Myanmar, and Sudan.

Conflict and violence led to increased displacement and deepened suffering in contexts such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Palestine, Myanmar, and Sudan, the report said.

At the same time, climate shocks caused loss of life and livelihoods in multiple countries by triggering floods, cyclones, and droughts.

Funding is dire despite growing needs and heartbreaking decisions by humanitarian workers about who and what to include in 2024 appeals, OCHA warned.

At the end of May 2024, the Bureau accumulated $7.9 billion of global requirements, which is 18 percent less than the amount received at the same time in 2023, and only 16 percent of this year’s requirements.