Mass deaths looming from starvation

Mass deaths loomingFrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria is growing.
The warning is in light of droughts that are also affecting neighbouring countries and funding shortfalls so severe that an avoidable humanitarian crisis in the regions is becoming inevitable.
In all, more than 20 million people in these countries are in areas affected by drought, of which 4,2 million are refugees.
Children account for the majority of refugees at 62 percent.
UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, reminded the international community the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 killed over 260,000 lives, more than half of these children aged below five.
“A repeat must be avoided at all costs.”
In Yemen, which is experiencing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, 17 million people are food insecure.
In northern Nigeria, seven million people are now struggling with food insecurity owing to terror by the Boko Haram.
In famine hit parts of South Sudan, 1 million people are now on the brink of famine.
Nearby, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are also ravaged by severe drought.
Cash-strapped humanitarian organisations are cutting food rations to keep up with demand for food among rising refugee populations.
Hundreds of schools have been closed in the affected countries as children struggle to cope.
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