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Calls for donations of $ 5.5 billion to save 34 million people from starvation


A child receives relief food in Hajjah, northern Yemen on February 14, 2021. Photo: THX / TTXVN

The amount was proposed by the United Nations Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in March. is a tiny fraction of what is needed to prevent food insecurity from worsening in global “hotspots”.

The signed letter from NGO representatives is working to support some 270 million people “facing hunger around the world”, such as Oxfam, Christian Aid, World Vision, Tearfund, Save the Children and Care. International.

The letter states: “We urge you to provide the additional $ 5.5 billion needed to provide emergency food assistance to over 34 million people globally at risk of starvation.”

In the letter, the NGOs stated: “In Yemen, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Honduras, Venezuela, Nigeria, Haiti, Central Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Sudan and many more, we are helping people do everything they can to just live one more day. ”

The letter emphasizes: “There is no room for hunger in the twenty-first century. History will judge us all by our own actions today.”

Last month, the WFP and FAO urged countries and organizations to join forces in the fight against hunger with measures such as food and cash aid. According to NGOs, in 2019, the number of people facing severe famine has reached 135 million people in 58 countries. The cause is armed conflicts, natural disasters and economic crisis. This number has increased dramatically due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.




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