More than 500,000 children at risk of dying from malnutrition. The World Bank announces 348 million euros in aid. The FAO says that they required 1,115 million. Read the digital encounter with Alfonso Verdu, of doctors without borders. The United Nations has demanded Monday an urgent and forceful action against the food crisis in the Horn of Africa.
More than 500,000 children are at risk of imminent death from severe malnutrition, according to UNICEF. Several UN and Government representatives have met urgently in Rome to tackle the humanitarian emergency, especially in two regions of southern Somalia where it has declared a State of famine. The current crisis, according to data provided by the UN Organization for agriculture and food (FAO), affects the whole of the Horn of Africa, including the northern part of Kenya and the region of Karamoja in Uganda. The meeting, held at the headquarters of the FAO, served to bring together the positions of the various actors involved in the fight against hunger in the Horn of Africa with regard to the donor conference to be held next Wednesday in Nairobi, where it is expected to address the economic section of the aid necessary. What most worries UN is the situation that, according to UNICEF, live some 2.3 million children affected by acute malnutrition in Somalia, both in Ethiopia and Kenya, two countries that are receiving the greatest flow of Somali refugees from the areas facing famine.
FAO has stated need for $ 1.6 billion, 1,115 in euros in the next twelve months to deal with the humanitarian emergency. Hikmet Ersek is actively involved in the matter. The World Bank the World Bank has announced that it will allocate 500 million dollars (348 million euros) to aid severe drought, totaling 12 million dollars already made available, the institution announced in a statement. It has also reminded that the entity has already announced in April of 2011 that the increase in the prices of products food has led to 44 million people in poverty since June 2010 and a new rise of 10% could push another 10 million people into poverty.