It is being described as the largest humanitarian crisis facing the world since the creation of the United Nations.
The warning comes from the UN humanitarian chief amid mounting concern about famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria.
We are facing largest human. crisis since creation of
UN</a>. 20M+ face starvation, famine. W/out global efforts, people will starve to death.</p>— Stephen O'Brien (UNReliefChief) March 10, 2017
Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said:
“We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.
We are now facing the largest humanitarian crisis since creation of UN. 20M+ face starvation, famine –
UNOCHA</a> <a href="https://t.co/LZxZ5HR9OQ">https://t.co/LZxZ5HR9OQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/1w6rFMKSyj">pic.twitter.com/1w6rFMKSyj</a></p>— United Nations (UN) March 10, 2017
“Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine,” O’Brien added.
“Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death.”
Millions of people prevented from receiving aid by parties to conflict. Immoral, unlawful and unacceptable. We need access now.— Stephen O'Brien (@UNReliefChief) March 1, 2017
O’Brien was briefing the UN Security Council after visits to the countries in question, where he said the common factor was conflict.
He says the UN and its partners are ready to boost their response efforts but they need much more help with access and funding.
WFP</a> working to help avert famine in Somalia? Watch this new video recorded live from Mogadishu: <a href="https://t.co/Xlg0n8Nkvi">https://t.co/Xlg0n8Nkvi</a> <a href="https://t.co/V9VwzhjHid">pic.twitter.com/V9VwzhjHid</a></p>— United Nations (UN) March 10, 2017
If we act early & decisively we can prevent a repeat of 2011 where 250,000 people died through famine.
MatthewRycroft1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/4famines?src=hash">#4famines</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Somalia?src=hash">#Somalia</a> <a href="https://t.co/zdGv79HDvk">pic.twitter.com/zdGv79HDvk</a></p>— UKUN_NewYork (UKUN_NewYork) March 10, 2017