More than 200 NGOs warned on Tuesday that one person dies of starvation every four seconds, urging decisive international action to “end the escalating global hunger crisis”.
High levels of hunger
In an open letter to world leaders gathering in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, 238 organizations from 75 countries, including Oxfam, Save the Children and Plan International, expressed their anger at rising levels of hunger.
“There are 345 million people now suffering from acute hunger, a number that has doubled since 2019,” they said in a statement.
Despite promises by world leaders not to allow famine again in the 21st century, famine is imminent once again in Somalia. Around the world, 50 million people are on the brink of famine in 45 countries.
Injustice of humanity
NGOs indicated that up to 19,700 people die of hunger every day, and NGOs said this translates to one person dying of hunger every four seconds.
“It is unfortunate that with all the technology in farming and harvesting techniques today we are still talking about starvation in the 21st century,” Muhanna Ahmed Ali Al-Jabali of the Yemen Family Welfare Society, one of the signatories to the letter, said in the statement.
“This is not about one country or one continent and hunger does not have just one cause. This is about the injustice of all humanity.
“We must not wait a moment longer to focus on providing immediate life-saving food and long-term support so that people can take charge of their future and provide for themselves and their families.”
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