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Conflict Causing, Exacerbating Hunger Crises In 8 Countries, U.N. Food Agencies Report

The Guardian: ‘Price of conflict is too high’: hunger at crisis levels in eight countries
“The number of hungry people living in conflict zones is rising, with eight countries recording crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity in at least a quarter of their people, food agencies warned the U.N. Security Council on Monday. In Yemen, 17 million people, or 60 percent of the population, are facing acute food insecurity, while in South Sudan, the figure is 4.8 million or 45 percent of its people. The other countries ranked as having the highest proportions of food insecure people were Syria, Lebanon, Central African Republic, Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Somalia, according to a report by the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization…” (McVeigh, 1/30).

U.N. News Centre: Hunger continues to intensify in conflict zones, U.N. agencies report to Security Council
“…Conflict is a common factor undermining food security in all 16 countries covered in the report, according to which the intensification of conflicts is a key reason behind the recent resurgence of world hunger levels, following decades of steady declines. The 16 countries that are monitored are: Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen…” (1/29).

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