UN says 20 Million People will Starve to Death in Four African Countries

  • The United Nations has issued a plea to avoid a humanitarian “catastrophe”, which the UN terms as “largest humanitarian crisis” since its inception in 1945. Stephen O'Brien (Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator) has warned that over 20 million people are on the brink of starvation death and famine in four African nations – Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, and South Sudan. UN report fears that 1.4 million children will starve to death this year itself. O'Brien told Security Council that $4.4 billion is required by July 2017 to avert disaster. Continued fighting, poor governance, lack of rule of law, and under development are the main reasons of this continued misery of people in these four African countries.