People in East Africa and Yemen are dying from hunger.
In February 2017, the first famine the world has seen in six years was declared in some parts of South Sudan. And with Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen experiencing severe food shortages of their own, the Hunger Crisis is set to intensify… rapidly.
According to the UN, this is the worst humanitarian crisis the world has faced since WWII.
When a famine like the one in South Sudan is declared, people are already dying of hunger. In fact, for famine to be declared, a country must experience the following:
- At least 20% of the population does not have enough daily food;
- at least 30% of children have acute malnutrition;
- and two deaths per 10,000 people are caused by starvation.
While there are many factors that can lead to famine, it is most often caused by a combination of drought, civil unrest, and political instability.
Ongoing civil war and conflict, extreme drought, failing economies, and firmly entrenched poverty have all played a role in bringing about the current Hunger Crisis. And as lives and livelihoods are destroyed, it becomes impossible for families to find enough food and clean drinking water to stay alive.
Because of the Hunger Crisis 20 million men, women, and children are in danger of starving to death. That’s why we’re acting urgently… acting now.