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Group of Seven leaders meeting in Taormina, Sicily, this week should take the lead in fighting famine and immediately fund nearly half ($2.9 billion) of the UN’s urgent appeal to avoid catastrophic hunger and more deaths, urged Oxfam today. Without an immediate and sweeping response, this crisis will spiral out of control.
Further delay will cost more lives.
The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017.
Today, the world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines.
Twenty million people are at risk of starvation in South Sudan - where famine has already been declared - Somalia, Yemen and Northern Nigeria.
The world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines in 2017 due to a catastrophic failure of the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable of people. Oxfam today calls on donors to take immediate action to help as many as 20 million people now at risk of starvation.
The violence in Northern Nigeria, as a result of the emergence of the group Boko Haram, has caused untold suffering and a growing humanitarian crisis. This has now spread into Niger, Chad and Cameroon and resulted in Africa’s fastest growing displacement crisis, with over 2.7 million people forced to leave their homes to flee violence and in need of urgent help.
Food shortages and malnutrition have reached alarming levels, especially in children and 9.2 million people are in need of immediate life-saving assistance.