UN chief Antonio Guterres said "we need to re-think how we see and value food – not simply as a commodity to be traded, but as a right that every person shares," as he warned the Covid-19 pandemic has made the challenge greater.
In a report titled “The Hunger Virus Multiplies,” Oxfam says that the death toll from famine outpaces that of Covid-19, which kills around seven people per minute.
Eritrea denies allegations of aid obstruction but Abiy government's documents suggest soldiers have been plundering food supplies, stoking fears of starvation deaths, and blocking access to Ethiopian checkpoints.
The UN humanitarian chief warned the grave humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region is deteriorating, with no sign of Eritrean troops withdrawing and alarmingly widespread reports of systematic rape and other sexual violence.
UN humanitarian agency says the risk of large-scale famine in the Arab world’s poorest country “has never been more acute."
UNICEF expects that 10.4 million children will suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021 due to prolonged conflicts, internal displacement and the coronavirus pandemic.
The World Food Program was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts "to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict."
In a call to action, four UN agencies warn that growing malnutrition will have long-term consequences, transforming individual tragedies into a generational catastrophe.
Signs of mounting hunger are already being felt around the region, where desperate citizens are violating quarantines to go out in search of money and food and hanging red and white flags from their homes in a cry for aid.
UNHCR said Yemen's health care system "has in effect collapsed", with the virus thought to be spreading throughout the country, and appealed for urgent funding last week.
The international community must act in tandem to prevent a major food shortage that will disproportionately hurt developing countries.
Experts warn that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic will cause global famines of 'biblical proportions'.
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