AROUND THE GLOBE, 50 MILLION PEOPLE – HALF OF THEM CHILDREN ARE ONE STEP AWAY FROM STARVATION
Behind every crisis, there is hunger.
Biggest driver of hunger with 60%
of the world’s hungry living in
places affected by war and violence.
Droughts, floods, extreme storms, and
unpredictable weather has destroyed
crops and incomes, even leading to
massive locust swarms in some countries.
Exacerbated pre-existing fragilities in economies and debt-levels in many countries.
Disruptions in travel and trade led to a decline in income, lost livelihoods and diminished purchasing power.
On top of these, the impact of the war in Ukraine – the wheat basket of the world – is global. Its grain exports have been choked off, reducing emergency food aid to refugees and driving up food prices everywhere. Together, these are creating new and worsening hunger hotspots and reversing the gains families had made to escape poverty. Girls and boys are not just starving but are being starved to death.
Children and families are left to make desperate choices in the face of hunger
“It’s been difficult living here with no work …we don’t have food. The children cry a lot asking why do we always eat these wild fruits,” says Hawa.
A 30-year-old mother Hawa, feeds her children with wild fruits because they do not have food. She is one among the 800,000 internally displaced people. Her family fled home in search of food because drought robbed all the maize and sorghum they planted. Poor nutrition has made her 3-year-old son have stunted growth.
“We are starving. All of us. It’s better to give one of my daughters away instead of having all of them die of hunger.
This way, all will survive,” says Jamila’s mother.
Three-year-old Jamila – the youngest of five girls was sold by her parents for US$600. She was not sold into child marriage but was instead sold to a family who was not able to have children of their own who had hoped to adopt. However, no official papers were signed, so there will be no officials to make sure Jamila is treated well.
The hunger hotspots we are in
32.9 million are reeling with intense levels of food insecurity. Crisis upon crisis such as conflict, the economic impacts of the global pandemic, swarms of desert locusts, and extreme weather conditions have exacted a heavy toll on the region’s most vulnerable.
Half of its population needs humanitarian assistance as it is hit with the worst drought in 30 years. The Taliban takeover last year displaced 700,000 people, exacerbating the immense needs of people. One in two children under five are facing acute malnutrition and are at risk of death.
Facing its worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. Shortage of fuel, essential items, medicine, and soaring inflation have upended daily lives. One in two children requires emergency aid such as nutrition, health care, clean drinking water, education, and mental health services.
69% of its population live in poverty with limited access to education, healthcare, and livelihood opportunities. The travel and trade restrictions imposed after the coup hit the most vulnerable with a loss of income and food shortages due to soaring prices.
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