More than a million people have become runaways due to droughts in Africa

In a statement issued on the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the UN reported that some 12 million people in eastern Africa, mainly in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, lack access to clean water and millions have been forced to flee their homes in search of a stable food source.

“We are not convinced to stress how horrible and urgent the situation is,” said Farhan Hák, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres. He added that 18.4 million people are struggling with a severe food crisis in the region and that more than 200,000 people in Somalia are already facing “fatal hunger”.

The spokesman said UN humanitarian partners were able to help 7.7 million people in those countries this year, but, as he emphasized, “we urgently need more financial support to save lives and prevent starvation in the coming months.” .

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) announced on Tuesday that it would be forced to reduce the number of people in South Sudan who could be helped with food rations in the absence of donations, the MTI reported.

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