Oxfam warns of dramatic increase in hunger | free press

The number of people affected by famine has increased sixfold since the start of the Corona crisis. Aid organization Oxfam is sounding the alarm.

London (AP) – Oxfam aid agency has warned of a dramatic increase in world famine. Accordingly, the number of people affected by famine has increased sixfold since the start of the pandemic to about 520,000 people worldwide.

The Tigray conflict in Ethiopia is primarily responsible for this. More than 400,000 people are affected by the catastrophic food supply in Tigray Province alone, according to the international IPC database.

But hunger crises in other parts of the world, for example in Yemen, South Sudan and Madagascar, have intensified. In Yemen, the number of people facing famine tripled to 47,000 in the first half of this year alone, the report said.

Conflict, pandemic and climate change

Oxfam sees a mixture of conflict, the coronavirus pandemic and climate change as the cause of the global increase. According to the report, a total of 155 million people worldwide live in extreme food insecurity – 20 million more than in the previous year. More people are now dying of hunger than Covid-19, according to the aid agency.

Oxfam stressed that hunger was deliberately used as a weapon of war. Civilians would be deprived of drinking water and food, markets would be bombed, grain burned and livestock killed.

But poverty is also a factor that has been exacerbated during the pandemic. It is estimated that the number of people living in extreme poverty will rise to 745 million by the end of this year, 100 million more than before the corona crisis.

In addition, there are extreme weather events that are attributed to climate change. Nearly 400 weather-related disasters, including extreme storms and flooding, have made life difficult for people in Central America, Southeast Asia and the Horn of Africa since the start of the pandemic, the report said.

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