World faces greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945, UN warns

Children stand at a camp for internally displaced people in Dharawan, near the capital Sanaa, Yemen, on 28 February, 2017 Reuters

The Independent, Sat, Mar 11, 2017

by Edith M Lederer, New York

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the UN was founded in 1945, with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the UN humanitarian chief has said.

Stephen O'Brien told the UN Security Council that "without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death" and "many more will suffer and die from disease."

He urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid "to avert a catastrophe."

"To be precise," O'Brien said, "we need $4.4 billion (£3.6bn) by July". . . .

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