United Nations: War in Ukraine worsening hunger crisis in Africa
World leaders are sounding the alarm on a growing food crisis. UN officials say if they don’t receive more emergency funding, up to 20 million people could go hungry. The World Food Program says this will lead to famine and catastrophic levels of malnutrition in the Horn of Africa.
Michael Dunford, WFP Regional Director East Africa says: “After three failed rainy seasons, it’s estimated that the region is the driest that it’s been in 40 years. We’re now waiting for the current rainy season to arrive, it’s late, and we’re very concerned of what the implications will be if it is below average.”
Drought isn’t the only problem. The war in Ukraine is also making the situation worse because African nations rely on wheat from Black Sea basin countries. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is blaming Russia.
Janet Yellen, U.S. Treasury Secretary says: “The war has made an already dire situation worse. Price and supply shocks are already materializing, adding to global inflationary pressures, creating risks to external balances, and undermining the recovery from the pandemic.”
The UN is hoping to raise 473 million dollars over the next six months to support 7.5 million people. The last time they made an appeal for emergency funding, they say they raised less than four percent of what they needed. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.