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UN Agencies: 60 Million People Need Urgent Humanitarian Aid in the Horn of Africa


Tue 27 Jun 2023 | 11:50 AM
Holding their pots Somali children from southern Somalia, lineup to receive cooked food in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. The World Food Program said Saturday that it is expanding its food distribution efforts in famine-struck Somalia, where the U.N. estimates that only 20 percent of people needing aid are getting it.(AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Holding their pots Somali children from southern Somalia, lineup to receive cooked food in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. The World Food Program said Saturday that it is expanding its food distribution efforts in famine-struck Somalia, where the U.N. estimates that only 20 percent of people needing aid are getting it.(AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Ahmed Moamar

UN humanitarian agencies have warned that climate change, armed conflicts, soaring food prices, and the post-COVID-19

economic fallout is causing food insecurity at record rates in the Horn of Africa, where an estimated 60 million people urgently need aid.

"It is estimated that in 2023, nearly five million children under the age of five will face severe acute malnutrition in the Horn of Africa," said Lisbeth Albrecht, WHO Incident Director for the Horn of Africa Emergency.

"Last year and this year, cholera and measles outbreaks increased in very large numbers, as well as cases of malaria," Albrecht said.

While the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) said that climate concerns are the key to food security in the coming months.

Among the 60 million severely food insecure people are more than 15 million women of childbearing age, 5.6 million teenage girls, and nearly 1.1 million pregnant women.

According to the United Nations Population Fund, nearly 360,000 of them are expected to give birth in the next three months.