Half of the amount should go to Yemen and Ethiopia, countries affected by internal conflicts and unfavorable climate
The UN (United Nations) has released $100 million in emergency funds to fight hunger in seven countries with the highest risk of severe malnutrition in the world. UN News announced the transfer on Tuesday (17).
The largest portion of US$ 30 million should go to Yemen, which is experiencing the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world. Another $20 million will go to Ethiopia's population, heavily affected by drought – and now by the threat of civil war between the Tigre ethnic group and the central government.
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and South Sudan will share the rest of the amount, said Mark Lowcock, head of the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs.
The money comes the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund.
Conflicts and hunger
Affected by conflict, most countries are divided by belligerent groups that block access to humanitarian aid.
According to the UN, many use hunger as a weapon of war, which forces mass displacement in search of food stability.
According to the World Food Program – winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 – just over 97.6 million people were living with hunger in 27 countries around the world in 2019.
By 2020, that number had jumped to around 105 million. The expectation until December is pessimistic: it is estimated that 2020 will end with more than 120 million people hungry.
“No one should see the drop in hunger as an inevitable side effect of this pandemic. If it happens, it's because the world has allowed it to happen,” Lowcock said.