At least 18 million Afghans are in need of assistance and the United Nations' plan is to provide help for at least 15.7 million of them, says Ramiz Alakbarov, UN humanitarian chief in Afghanistan.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says 26.6 percent of children screened at remote clinics in recent weeks throughout Ethiopia’s northwest region of Tigray were malnourished.
A recent Save the Children report says over 2,300 children were killed from 2018 to 2020 in the war between Iran-backed rebels and Saudi-led coalition supporting the government in Yemen.
More than 88 million people were suffering from “acute hunger” at the end of 2020 due to conflict and instability, a 20 percent increase in one year, says UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at UNSC meeting.
UN agencies say 2.3 million small children in war-torn Yemen are estimated to starve this year.
UNICEF expects that 10.4 million children will suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021 due to prolonged conflicts, internal displacement and the coronavirus pandemic.
The United Nations is the main provider of reproductive health services in Yemen, where a long-running conflict has left 80 percent of people reliant on aid, but it has been forced to cut back its operations due to a funding shortfall.
Signs of mounting hunger are already being felt around the region, where desperate citizens are violating quarantines to go out in search of money and food and hanging red and white flags from their homes in a cry for aid.
The $6.7 billion will fund the UN’s humanitarian response plan to help the world’s most vulnerable people deal with the pandemic now and in the coming months as food supplies falling and prices soaring, and children missing vaccinations and meals.
The international community must act in tandem to prevent a major food shortage that will disproportionately hurt developing countries.
Emerging as a result of global coronavirus outbreak, social distancing measures, border closures and lack of resources affect the distribution of humanitarian aid in African countries in which 76 million people need aid to survive.
The time to act in Africa is now, before the pandemic peaks on the continent.
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