At a Glance: Famine Conditions in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

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20 million people are facing the threat of famine over the next 5 months, and 1.4 million children are at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria. These crises are all man-made and conflict-driven, characterized by massive population displacements, both internally and across borders. These critical food insecurity conditions further strain the international aid system that is struggling to respond to the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, affecting 130.2 million people world-wide.

InterAction has collected an array of online resources– including press statements, letters, blog articles, and policy briefs– from across its membership to provide an informational platform for members of the press, policymakers, the NGO community, and others working on responses to the famine-related crises.

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Member Responses & Resources

Below is a collection of links to letters, statements, and reactions from InterAction members.

Issue Briefs, Letters & Reports

April 6, 2017
On April 5, 2017, InterAction sent a letter signed by 43 NGOs requesting $1 billion in emergency supplemental funding for response to the ongoing famine and famine like conditions in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria. This letter was sent to the chairmen, ranking members, and senior leadership of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives...
April 4, 2017
Logistics Cluster Infographic on Humanitarian Response in South Sudan. 
March 30, 2017
WFP Situation Report on humanitarian response in South Sudan. 



Urgent UN Warning: 20 Million Threatened by Famine

The United Nations warned on Friday, March 10th that 20 million people face the threat of famine in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, and that "the world is facing the worst humanitarian crisis [in which the UN has intervened] since the UN was founded in 1945." 

Famine was officially declared in parts of South Sudan – the first time anywhere in the world since 2011. But South Sudan is not the only country facing a catastrophe.  Communities in Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen are also facing the threat of famine.


Famine Threatens East Africa

A persistent drought has left nearly 23 million people across the Horn of Africa without enough to eat. In South Sudan, hundreds of thousands are trying to survive famine. Nearly half the country—or 4.9 million people—are now going hungry. That number will grow when the “lean season” arrives in July, just before harvest and as food reserves have been exhausted.

The world’s last declared famine, which lasted from 2010 to 2012 in Somalia, resulted in 260,000 deaths.