3 things you may not know about famine — and how to prevent it

Poverty, Threats

3 things you may not know about famine — and how to prevent it

Dispelling myths around the starvation and disease that could kill 34 million people

A staggering 34 million people in 20 countries are teetering on the brink of famine, with immediate action needed to avert huge loss of life. In Yemen, South Sudan, Burkina Faso and northeast Nigeria, 155,000 people are already suffering famine or famine-like conditions, with conflict, insecurity and resulting displacement putting people at imminent risk of starvation.

Tragically, lack of resources means the World Food Programme (WFP) has to reallocate food according to need, as was the case in South Sudan over the past week. “It is a very painful decision to take from the hungry to give to the starving, but this is the reality,” says Country Director Matthew Hollingworth.

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