At this very moment famine conditions, marked by extreme hunger and malnutrition, are tightening their grip on more than 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria, writes CARE CEO Michelle Nunn in an op-ed on FoxNews.com.
Hunger in Emergencies
Two weeks ago, while traveling through Somaliland, a self-declared independent state in the north of Somalia, I heard many stories of drastic loss. One that stuck with me was an elderly woman who had lost over a hundred goats to the drought. I asked what we could do.
After three years of brutal conflict, famine was declared in South Sudan’s Unity State, meaning thousands are dying of starvation. With nearly five million people suffering from extreme hunger, famine is likely to spread to other parts of the country if urgent interventions are not taken.
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Southern Africa is a source of great people, potential and possibility. It’s also right now a place of great challenge and uncertainty, as extreme weather conditions such as El Niño have produced a severe drought that threatens 40 million people.
The World Food Program has declared its highest level emergency for Southern Africa where drought has destroyed crops and harvests leaving 28 million people in need of emergency food assistance. Malawi is one of the hardest hit countries.
Rebuilding after a major disaster could be a huge hurdle to overcome. But for Edna Pelayo, a 27-year-old mother of three from Nueva Ecija in the Philippines, it is possible.
Joaquina and Relia have been neighbors in a little village close to Funhalouro in the Southeast of Mozambique for many years. The two friends spend hours to fetch water every day. Their village has no running water, no electricity and the nearest hospital is hours away.