A person dies of hunger every four seconds: NGOs

It is estimated that one person dies of hunger every four seconds, warned more than 200 NGOs on Tuesday, calling for decisive international action to “end the spiraling hunger crisis in the world”.

Skyrocketing hunger levels

In an open letter to world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, 238 organizations from 75 countries, including Oxfam, Save the Children and Plan International expressed outrage at skyrocketing levels of hunger.

“A staggering 345 million people now suffer from acute hunger, a number that has more than doubled since 2019,” they said in a statement.

“Despite pledges by world leaders never to allow famine again in the 21st century, famine is once again looming in Somalia. Globally, 50 million people are on the brink of starvation in 45 countries,” it said. they stated.

injustice of humanity

Pointing out that as many as 19,700 people are estimated to die of hunger every day, the NGOs said this translates to one person dying of hunger every four seconds.

“It is abysmal that with all the technology of agriculture and harvesting techniques today, we are still talking about famine in the 21st century,” said Mohanna Ahmed Ali Eljabaly of the Yemeni Family Welfare Association, one of the letter’s signatories, in the statement.

“It’s not about a country or a continent and hunger never has just one cause. It’s about the injustice of all humanity,” he said. .

“We must not wait a moment longer to focus on both the immediate provision of life-saving food and longer-term support so that people can take charge of their future and provide for themselves and those of their families.”

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