18.4 Mn people from HOA countries facing acute food insecurity: UN

By Sakina Raj  | Date: 2022-06-13

18.4 Mn people from HOA countries facing acute food insecurity: UN

Nearly 18.4 million people are reportedly facing acute food insecurity across the three HOA (Horn of Africa) countries including Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, according to the UNOCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).

In its recent update, the UNOCHA stated that the number of people witnessing increased malnutrition across HOA countries could further rise to 20 million by September this year.

As per UNOCHA, Somalia has recorded close to 7.1 million people facing acute food insecurity. This includes 213,000 people facing catastrophic conditions and around 8 areas of the country risking famines by September this year, particularly the bay region.

The report also states that nearly 4.1 million people in Kenya and 7.2 million people in Ethiopia are gravely food insecure due to famines.

Nomadic families rely upon livestock for livelihood and sustenance. It is reported that nearly 7 million livestock have died across the HOA, including over 3 million in Somalia, 1.5 million in Kenya, and between 2.1 million and 2.5 million in South-Eastern and Southern Ethiopia.

The livestock death has subsequently affected the milk supply for children in affected areas, thereby affecting their nutrition negatively.

To cater to the rising needs in the forthcoming months, humanitarian collaborators urgently require over USD 1.7 billion, as per the drought response plans in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya’s flash appeal.

UNOCHA noted that the respondents received only a small portion of the necessary funding. This has substantially hampered the response to the rapidly worsening famines.

Elsewhere, the UN WFP (World Food Program) has reported that almost half of the population in Afghanistan is in dire need of food. According to the report, a deep economic crisis and prolonged drought will endanger the lives of millions of people across the war-torn country.

Although humanitarian assistance avoided a disaster in the harsh winter months, the report states that the food security across Afghanistan has reached unprecedented levels.

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Sakina Raj

Armed with a degree in English Literature, Sakina chose to explore the world of content writing and pursue it as a career. Sakina has been playing with words for over five years now and currently pens down articles relating to diverse domains for BonafideNews and vari...

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