World Bank to raise $1.6b to combat hunger in Nigeria, others

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Watch this new video recorded live from Mogadishu: https://t.co/Xlg0n8Nkvi pic.twitter.com/V9VwzhjHid- United Nations (UN) March 10, 2017 If we act early & decisively we can prevent a repeat of 2011 where 250,000 people died through starvation.

Stephen O'Brien, UN Humanitarian Chief said that some 20 million people faced the threat of hunger and dearth in South Sudan and Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Feb 22 announced that UN relief agencies urgently require US$4.4 billion by the end of March to tackle starvation in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

We at the World Bank Group stand in solidarity with the people now threatened by starvation.

Stephen O'Brien, the United Nations under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, issued the stark warning "people will simply starve to death" and "many more will suffer and die from disease". Millions of lives are at risk and more will die if we do not act quickly and decisively.

"Children are stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost", he said.

O'Brien said that Yemen was facing the worst crisis, with 18.8 million people (two thirds of the country's population), in need of aid.

The Arab world's poorest nation is engulfed in conflict and O'Brien said more than 48,000 people fled fighting just in the past two months.

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The majority of those in need are in Yemen, said the body. Another seven million people are hungry and do not know where their next meal will come from.

"Yet all parties to the conflict are arbitrarily denying sustained humanitarian access and politicize aid", he added.

"A$3 ll parties to the conflict are arbitrarily denying sustained humanitarian access and politicise aid", he said, and "they must be held accountable for the inevitable starvation, unnecessary deaths and associated amplification in suffering that will follow".

"The appeal for action by the Secretary-General can thus not be understated".

The drought-related crisis of food is worsened by the increased number of displaced people due to the wars in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia, where 50,000 people are seeking refuge coming from Mogadishu, Afgooye, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dolow and Beledweyne.

"Yet all parties to the conflict are arbitrarily denying sustained humanitarian access and politicize aid", he said, warning if that behavior doesn't change now "they must be held accountable for the inevitable starvation, unnecessary deaths and associated amplification in suffering that will follow".

In South Sudan, a country which has beenravaged by a three-year civil war, aid workers have been killed and supplies have been looted by "armed actors", O'Brien said.

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