Starvation Looming in Africa and the World’s Attention is Elsewhere!
Over 3 million people in East Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia) are facing starvation but the world isn’t watching and they can’t even get in the newspaper.
Climate change is a major cause of this crisis. After four consecutive failed rains, hunger in the region is worsening week by week. People have already started dying from starvation and the window to prevent mass deaths is rapidly closing.
A joint report from Oxfam and Save the Children in May found that one person is dying of hunger every 48 seconds in drought-ravaged Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. The war in Ukraine has made food “unattainable for millions” of people in East Africa due to the increase in cost and scarcity of food.
The U.N. calls for donations to avert this catastrophe have fallen way short as donor countries grapple with their own increases in hunger and aid to the refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine hold donors’ interest and get their limited foreign aid funds.
FAO and World Food Programme warn of looming widespread food crisis as hunger threatens stability in dozens of countries.
Climate change, conflict, weather extremes, economic shocks, the lingering impacts of COVID-19, and the ripple effects from the war in Ukraine push hundreds of millions of people in countries across the world into poverty and hunger – as food and fuel price spikes drive nations closer to instability.
We’re facing a perfect storm that is not just going to hurt the poorest of the poor – it’s also going to overwhelm hundreds of millions of families who until now have just about kept their heads above water.
Conditions now are much worse than during the Arab Spring in 2011 and 2007-2008 food price crisis, when 48 countries were rocked by political unrest, riots and protests. We’ve already seen what’s happening in Indonesia, Pakistan, Peru, and Sri Lanka – that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We have solutions. But we need to act, and act fast.
First, we must act to save those who are facing starvation. These disasters can still be averted, but people are already dying, children are already experiencing stunting which will have life-long effects. Once the immediate starvation is addressed the world must immediately focus on hunger in the world as many, many countries are experiencing instability due to high food costs and shortages and that is everyone’s problem to solve.
Millions will die unless they get immediate help. Support the international humanitarian organizations that are desperately trying to help: @Oxfam, @RESCUEorg, @WFP, @SavetheChildren, @UNICEF