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World is facing largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, — UN
13:05, 11 March 2017
World is facing largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, — UN

More than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine

13:05, 11 March 2017

Associated Press

The United Nations (UN) says the world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis in 72 years. According to the UN, over 20 million people at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

This was reported by BBC.

Stephen O’Brien, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, warned that the humanitarian situation in these countries will become catastrophic if urgent measures are not taken.

"Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease," he noted.

Humanitarian chief stressed that $4.4bn financial support is needed by July to avert the disaster.

"Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations," O’Brien stressed.

Humanitarian condition in these countries worsened over last years due to continued military conflict. In late February UN announced the treat of mass starvation for the first time in last 6 years.

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