Four famines put more than 20 million at risk of starvation

More than 20 million people risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned last week.

Conflicts in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in Somalia has ruined the agricultural economy.

In Yemen and South Sudan, economic collapse means people simply cannot afford the food that is available. In Nigeria’s Borno state, where millions of people have fled Boko Haram militants, commerce and markets have been disrupted, leaving people dependent on an overwhelmed emergency aid system…. [read more]

 

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