East Africa famine: worst humanitarian crisis since World War II

– May 15, 2017

Africa (MNN) — As you read this, 20 million people stand at risk of starvation in and around Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are facing a famine the United Nations says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. Both drought and terrorist violence are key factors in the largely man-made famine.

“What’s particularly difficult about it is that it is by-and-large a man-made famine,” shares Emily Fuentes of Open Doors USA, a ministry which serves persecuted Christians worldwide. “Drought has affected it, some other things have affected it, but a lot of it’s man-made — either groups like Al-Shabaab in Somalia blocking aid workers from coming in because they’re viewed as Western, or government officials seizing food in South Sudan so the people won’t get it.”

The situation in Yemen is especially grim. According to the UN, it’s the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with 18.8 million people in need assistance and more than seven million who do not know where their next meal will come from. United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said $4.4 billion is needed by July to curb the disaster.