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Horn of Africa on the brink of famine; countries step up aid
News Briefs — Africa

Horn of Africa on the brink of famine; countries step up aid

On Wednesday, several countries pledged to contribute hundreds of millions of dollars of more aid for the Horn of Africa after the United Nations warned that the region could soon face a devastating famine. The United Nations said Somalia and nearby countries will experience famine in at levels more severe than 2011, when more than 25 million people died. Hundreds of thousands of Somalians are currently starving and the UN has warned growing hunger will lead to “large-scale deaths” by December without intervention. Even with aid, the prospects are grim for many in the Horn of Africa. In #Somalia, families like Ayan's have lost their homes, livelihoods, and loved ones. WFP is reaching record numbers of people in the face of the #HornofAfrica drought and #FoodCrisis. Help us #F...
Report: 20 million children out of school in Nigeria; sub-Saharan Africa has highest figures for any region globally
News Briefs — Africa

Report: 20 million children out of school in Nigeria; sub-Saharan Africa has highest figures for any region globally

About 20 million children in Nigeria are out of school, the highest figure in the world for a single country, according to newly-released data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Three countries were identified as having the highest number of children out of school: India, Nigeria and Pakistan. In other parts of Africa, Ethiopia has 10.5 million children out of school, the Democratic Republic of Congo has 5.9 million, and Kenya has 1.8 million, according to UNESCO. The number of children out of school in Nigeria have fluctuated between 10.5 million and about 15 million for more than a decade. UNESCO said there are "244 million children and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 worldwide (who) are still out of school.” UNESCO announce...
United Nations experts warn of rising xenophobia in South Africa
News Briefs — Africa

United Nations experts warn of rising xenophobia in South Africa

Days before Nelson Mandela International Day, which is celebrated today, United Nations experts shared a warning about rising xenophobic sentiments and violence in South Africa. A group called “Special Rapporteurs,” said on Friday that xenophobic mobilization in South Africa is broader and deeper than it may appear, and has become a part of strategy in some political circles. “Anti-migrant discourse from senior government officials has fanned the flames of violence, and government actors have failed to prevent further violence or hold perpetrators accountable,” they said in a statement released Friday. In the statement, Special Rapporteurs pointed to “Operation Dudula,” saying it is example of using hate speech and spurring the mobilization of violent protests, vigilante violence, ars...
UN report indicates global hunger sharply increased last year, millions on the brink of starvation
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UN report indicates global hunger sharply increased last year, millions on the brink of starvation

The United Nations released a new report on Wednesday indicating a dramatic increase in hunger worldwide that puts hundreds of millions more people on the brink of starvation. “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” report indicates about 2.3 billion people around the world were food insecure last year. The report estimates of up to 828 million people faced hunger in 2021 — an increase of about 50 million people. The report showed hunger rates increased in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year, hunger affected 278 million people in Africa, 425 million in Asia, and 56.5 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the report. The report indicated hunger moved at a slower pace than 2019 to 2020. U.N. World Food Program officials said the s...