The United Nations has issued an appeal for rich countries to come forward to help the more than 20 million famine-hit people across four countries largely due to long-drawn conflicts there.
Terming it the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the world body has pressed the need for $4.4 billion of emergency aid by July to cope with the situation in these countries – Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.
The situation in Yemen is the worst: 18.8 million people are in urgent need of food as a result of the ongoing conflict between the Saudi-backed government and Houthi rebels.
The humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Somalia also calls for urgent help as the country has been hit by a severe drought, subjecting over 6 million people to acute food shortages.
UN chief Antonio Guterres has said rich countries must do more to help these people.
His call for help was boosted by UN under-secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, who said, "Without collective and coordinated and global efforts, people will simply starve to death."
TRT World's Christine Pirovolakis gives more details.