Oxfam is calling for immediate humanitarian and political action as the world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines.
Unless substantial funds are immediately provided to those working on the ground in South Sudan, humanitarian agencies will struggle to stop famine spreading across the country in the next few months.
The man-made tragedy of years of conflcit has resulted in a famine being declared in parts of South Sudan - the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years.
The ongoing conflict with Boko Haram in West Africa has pushed the number of people facing the threat of severe hunger to more than 6 million according to the latest assessments, say 15 humanitarian organizations.
Somalia’s financial lifeline remains under threat as banks in US, UK, Australia, and elsewhere have broken ties with the money transfer operators that make remittances possible, NGOs warn.
We are seriously concerned that a lack of food may peak in May and June reaching emergency levels in South Sudan.
Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by one million in first three months of 2015.
Without an end to the fighting – and unless more aid can be delivered to those who need it – famine remains a serious threat in South Sudan in 2015. By committing to more vigorous diplomacy and swift action, the world has the chance to prevent that.
Our friends at Africa Research Institute have developed a useful timeline to track the development of the food crisis in Somalia month by month.
In the middle of 2011 a massive food crisis hit East Africa and the first famine of the 21st century was declared in Somalia.