The United Nations is calling for the US, UK, and other developed nations to aid Somalia, along with three other nations that are in desperate need of aid in order to save over 20 million individuals from disease and starvation, says the UN.
Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s humanitarian chief, appealed to developed nations to provide aid for Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Kenya. “We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN,” he stated Friday.
“Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.”
The UN had been originally founded back in 1945.
Terror Groups Are Stealing Food
In the nation of Somalia, over 6 million individuals need food supply assistance, which is a staggering amount considering this figure is over half the nation’s population.
The drought and impending famine in addition to the terrorist organization Al-Shabaab has let Solalia and it’s citizens in a critical situation.
“The situation is critical in Somalia. People are dying of hunger and there is no water,” Mogadishu resident Noor Ibrahim said. Ibrahim fled his own home in order to find help in a camp.
“Al-Shabaab blocks the roads, there is no access for food aid, the Shabaab steal food as well.”
In Kenya right next door, over 2.7 million people are a high risk of starvation, a number that may increase to 4 million next month, said the UN.
“In collaboration with the government [of Kenya], the UN will soon launch an appeal of $200 million to provide timely life-saving assistance and protection,” O’Brien stated.