Global Food Security Alert: November 28, 2017

Reliefweb – November 28, 2917

Following unprecedented food assistance needs in 2017, little improvement is anticipated during the coming year.

Across 45 countries, an estimated 76 million people are expected to require emergency food assistance during 2018. Four countries – Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria – face a credible risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5). Given that no improvement in underlying conditions is expected in these countries, the provision of humanitarian assistance will be a primary determinant of whether Famine is averted. Governments, international agencies, donors, and other stakeholders should make all possible efforts to resolve conflict, ensure humanitarian access, and provide timely, multi-sectoral assistance to prevent large-scale loss of life.

Conflict will be the primary driver of food security emergencies during 2018 including in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. In these countries, ongoing insecurity will continue to disrupt livelihoods, limit trade and market functioning, displace households, and hinder the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Poor rainfall, and its impact on crop and livestock production, will also contribute to a high level of need in some countries. In parts of the Horn of Africa, a severe drought during the past 18 months has decimated livestock herds and sharply reduced crop production, particularly in Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia.

World hunger increases for first time in a decade, topping 800 million in 2016

DW – September 15, 2017

World Hunger is on the rise after years of steady decline, warns a UN report released Friday.

Most of the world’s hungry people are in Asia and Africa, with 520 million and 243 million, respectively. But proportionally Africa is hardest hit, with 20 percent of people not having enough food – in Asia the ratio is 11.7 percent, according to the reported prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Food Program and the World Health Organization.

Overall, the number of chronically hungry people rose to 815 million, or 11 percent of the world’s population, in 2016. The figure represents an increase of 38 million over the previous year.

It remains to be seen if the change is the start of a new trend or a one-off aberration, but the report attributes the increase to man-made conflicts, a sputtering economy and climate change.

Seven million in Yemen face threat of famine

– August 18, 2017

The UN Security Council has been told that seven million people in Yemen are facing the threat of famine.

The body’s humanitarian chief, Stephen O’Brien, says the crisis is entirely caused by the civil war.

The United Nations is once again calling for Sanaa airport to be reopened to allow in aid and let Yemenis seek medical help.

Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan reports from the UN headquarters in New York.

Yemen cholera outbreak: 1,600 people dead as suspected cases surpass 300,000, says Red Cross

AFP – July, 10 2017

Geneva: A cholera outbreak in Yemen has now surpassed 300,000 suspected cases, the Red Cross said on Monday as the war-torn country reels from disease as well as the threat of famine.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said the cholera epidemic “continues to spiral out of control” since it erupted in April.

“Today, over 300,000 people are suspected to be ill. More than 1,600 have died,” it said in a Twitter post.

ICRC regional director Robert Mardini said about 7,000 new cholera cases were being recorded daily in the capital Sanaa and three other areas.

Famine pushes war-weary Yemenis to commit suicide

Murad Arif – June 18, 2017

The almost three-year conflict in impoverished Yemen has devastated the country and left millions of people on the verge of starvation.

There were several reports of Yemenis committing suicide to escape their worsening living conditions in the war-torn country.

Early this month, a mother and her two daughters had committed suicide in the central Ibb province over their economic situation.

“The worsening economic condition had forced the mother to kill herself and her two children after her husband dumped the family,” local relief worker Mustafa Ziadi told Anadolu Agency.

A week before this incident, a police officer killed himself after his salary was suspended as a result of the ongoing conflict in the country.

World on the cusp of worst famine since WWII

– June 1, 2017

Since gaining its independence from Sudan and being granted admission into the UN on July 13, 2011, #South Sudan has been facing a horrendous humanitarian crisis. Despite trying to separate itself from decades of civil wars in Sudan, South Sudan has not fared much better since its independence.

The South Sudanese Civil War, which began on December 15, 2013, has resulted in an estimated 300,000 casualties and has displaced 3.5 million people out of the country’s population of 12 million. But, worst of all, the fighting has devastated the nation’s agriculture and economic sectors which has left 5 million people in urgent need of food and water.

In fact, On February 20, 2017, South Sudan and the UN officially declared that parts of the former Unity State were experiencing #famine.

However, South Sudan is not the only nation in the region experiencing foot shortages. Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen, nations also dealing with their own bloody conflicts, are also in serious need of aid.

Unicef Fears Yemen Cholera Outbreak Could Hit 300,000 in Coming Weeks

Rick Gladstone – June 2, 2017

Cholera cases in Yemen could quadruple in the next month to 300,000, the regional director of Unicef said Friday, calling the spread of the disease in the war-ravaged country “incredibly dire.”

Speaking by phone after visiting Yemen, the agency’s regional director, Geert Cappelaere, said he had never seen a cholera outbreak of that size in the country, which already is contending with the risk of a famine and a collapse of the health care system because of the war.

Half the cholera cases in Yemen belong to children, Mr. Cappelaere said, and parents have little recourse because many hospitals and clinics are closed or lack supplies.

“We are responding to a major crisis without having the basics,” he said. “The reality is incredibly dire.”

Comment: John Durrad

The world’s woes continue.  Four Seals have been ripped open, and just before the Fifth Seal of Great Tribulation, comes the terrible result of the Fourth Seal.  There shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in many places, and the rider of the Fourth Seal has the power to destroy a quarter of the earth’s population.  And these are only the beginning of sorrows!  (Matt 24:6-8, Rev 6:7-8).

There is really only one defence against these sorrows and it is found in scripture.

“And said, if thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”  Ex 16:26

This promise stands for God’s people today.  Even if we do become sick for any reason God states that He is the one who heals us.  However, mankind generally is not repentant towards God and as things get worse men will blame God for the evil that is brought upon them by sin.

“And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God…they repented not to give him glory (4th Vial, Rev 16:19) …And blasphemed the God of heaven…and repented not of their deeds (5th Vial, Rev 16:11) …and men blasphemed God because of the plagues of the hail…” 7th Vial, Rev 16:21).

As these disasters and epidemics increase, will men turn to God for healing?  The above scriptures indicate that they will not.  People so easily blame God for all their ills and problems, so repentant they will not be!

Again, we repeat, what we see today is only the very beginning of sorrows.  Terrible times lie ahead for an unsuspecting world.

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.

Nearly 20 Million Could ‘Starve to Death’ in Next Six Months

– April 29, 2017

Rome: Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in North Eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN leading food and agriculture agency’s chief on April 28 warned. “If nothing is done, some 20 million people could starve to death in the next six months.”

“Famine does not just kill people, it contributes to social instability and also perpetuates a cycle of poverty and aid dependency that endures for decades,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) director-general Jose Graziano da Silva added.

At a media briefing ahead of the conclusive session of the this UN specialised agency’s executive arm – the FAO Council, he launched a new appeal for voluntary contributions, that are “of vital importance to FAO, now more than ever.”

“I will be always committed to finding more savings and promoting more efficiency, as I have done over the last five years. But I have already cut to the bone. There is no more fat left.”

An Unprecedented Four Famines Threaten the Planet

– April 14, 2017

With the announcement of famine in South Sudan in February, the United Nations formally alerted the planet to the possibility of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis occurring in 2017 — four concurrent famines, something that has never been seen before. “By the time famine is declared, it’s too late, people are dying at a rate that we cannot keep up with,” says Scott Paul, senior humanitarian policy advisor for Oxfam America. “We have passed all of the signposts, red flags, and warning signs telling us that death is approaching. Famine means that we have already lost, people are dying.”

The causes of the conditions in the affected areas are complex. Parts of the Horn of Africa are entering their third successive year of crippling drought, causing food and water shortage issues across Somalia. While in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Somalia, numerous conflicts have displaced millions and taxed already strained systems.

For Somalia, this could be the second time famine has been declared there in the last six years, and the third time in the last 26 years. An estimated 500,000 died in the last two while Sudan lost 70,000 during its 1998 famine. All of those pale though when compared to the estimated 3.5 million that died during the famine that accompanied the Second Congo War from 1998–2004.