The UNHCR is warning of an almost ‘inevitable’ humanitarian crisis across at least four north African countries, with 20 million people at risk from mass starvation.
Drought and conflict are the main causes.
The four countries are Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Famine has already been declared in South Sudan, and seven million people in parts of Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin alone are suffering from food insecurity.
People are also on the run within their countries due to violence and conflict and greater numbers of South Sudanese refugees are fleeing to Sudan and Uganda, according to one UNHCR official.
Over 4 million #refugees at risk of starvation in Africa and Yemen according to latest from UNHCRhttps://t.co/bdvmWzhT60 pic.twitter.com/UzmkQmQKth— USA for UNHCR (@UNRefugeeAgency) April 11, 2017