Afghanistan Enters Lists Of Global Hunger Hotspots, Needs Urgent Humanitarian Support

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) placed Afghanistan into the lists of 20 Global Hunger Hotspots, where hunger is expected to worsen from June to September 2022.

According to the May 2022 Hunger Hotspots report, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen remain at (highest alert) as hotspots with catastrophic conditions, and Afghanistan and Somalia are new entries to this worrisome class since the previous hotspots report in January 2022.

The report said that a total of 750,000 people are already facing starvation and death in Ethiopia, Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan.

“The conflict in Ukraine is compounding what is already a year of catastrophic hunger, unleashing a wave of collateral hunger that is spreading across the globe, transforming a series of terrible hunger crises into a global food crisis the world cannot afford,” WFP said in a statement.

The statement said that alongside conflict, “climate shocks will continue to drive acute hunger” in the outlook period from June to September 2022.

WFP had earlier said that almost half of Afghanistan’s population is facing acute hunger and a deep economic crisis will threaten the livelihoods of millions of Afghans, including the children.

 


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