Famine avoided but quartet not out of the woods

WFP UNFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – SOMALIA, Nigeria and Yemen have averted famine but the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned the countries are not out of danger as yet.
The warning by the organisation came as the famine declared in two counties of South Sudan in February was also overcome.
“Nonetheless, the situation is still critical,” WFP stated at the launch of a campaign to warn about the severe food crisis that puts 20 million people at risk of dying of hunger in the four countries.
The “Fighting Famine” campaign has been launched in Spain.
In the affected countries, 1,4 million children are suffering from severe malnutrition and are at risk of death.
The countries, with the exception of Yemen, are now entering the lean season, a period of the year when the previous season’s harvest has run out and food stocks are at their lowest.
In addition, the rains are making access by land largely difficult and even impossible.
Air transportation is sometimes possible but as much as seven times more expensive.
WFP has implemented emergency response mechanisms that include food airdrops in remote areas in South Sudan and trucking in supplies to areas where people have fled from the Boko Haram in Nigeria.
The UN food agency, which depends on donor governments, supporters and partners, urgently required US$900 million for the period of August to January 2018 to meet immediate needs and avoid the spread of famine.
– CAJNews

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