Africa Hunger, Famine Facts: What You Need to Know

Help is necessary to keep the Africa hunger and food crises from worsening. Children, especially those younger than 5, are the most vulnerable because they need critical nutrients to build strength and immunity against disease.

Some facts:

  • An estimated 1.4 million children could die this year from famine-like conditions in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen, according to the U.N. children’s agency.
  • Kenya’s government expects that 4 million people will need help by July 2017; about 700,000 Kenyan children younger than 5 are facing starvation.
  • Disease outbreaks have plagued Ethiopian communities amid worsening food insecurity.
  • Crop and livestock losses and water shortages in Somalia have caused more than 440,000 people to leave their homes since November 2016.
  • Severe drought and widespread food insecurity are ravaging entire communities in Niger, Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon, parts of the Southern Africa region, and in Yemen, on the Arabian peninsula, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS).
  • About 10.7 million people need humanitarian assistance in the Lake Chad Basin, which includes northeastern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, eastern Niger, and southwestern Chad. More than 500,000 children are suffering from severe levels of malnutrition. The refugee and food crises have swelled for two years due to ongoing extremist attacks and mass displacements in the region.

Severe drought and widespread food insecurity are also ravaging entire communities in Niger, Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon, parts of the Southern Africa region, and Yemen, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

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