GENEVA The threat of mass hunger in 4 international locations – northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – is promptly rising thanks to drought and conflict, the U.N. refugee company stated on Tuesday.
“We are increasing our alarm stage these days that the threat of mass deaths from hunger among the populations in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria is expanding,” UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing.
“We are already viewing a increase of displacement.”
Amid a funding shortfall and sharply deteriorating availability of food, a humanitarian disaster maybe even worse than that of 2011 when 260,000 people died of famine in the Horn of Africa “is fast turning out to be an inevitability”, he stated.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay Modifying by Louise Eire)