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.

Latest InterAction News

June 16, 2017
On June 15, Julien Schopp, Director for Humanitarian Practice at InterAction, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations to discuss the ongoing food crises in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia. During the hearing, members of Congress called...

Issue Briefs, Letters & Reports

August 21, 2017
At present, Somalia remains in the chokehold of a severe, protracted drought. The Somali government, the United Nations, and donor governments, including the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union, deserve credit for acting early to address the risk of famine and avoiding a wide-scale loss of life. But the failure of the most recent...
July 7, 2017
Today, famine threatens an estimated 20 million people across northern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. In these countries, the dangerous convergence of long-standing and recent resurgences of conflict, poor governance, limited freedom of movement, collapsing economies, rising food prices, and drought has resulted in staggering levels of...
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...



A Young Life Saved in Somalia

The below was written by Ahmed Kheyr and Ahmed Mohamud of the International Medical Corps.

One-and-half-year-old Farhiya sat in her mother’s arms at an International Medical Corps facility. She was unable to move, unable to smile, unable to even cry.

Her mother, Duniyo, travelled more than 10 kilometers to bring Farhiya to International Medical Corps’ Intensive Stabilization Centre in Galkacyo town, Somalia.

Facing cholera and malnutrition

One in four Yemenis don’t have enough food and the number of suspected cholera cases climbs beyond half a million. More lives are now at risk in Yemen than anywhere else on the planet.

Mohammed’s family travelled by road for 15 hours to reach Al Sabeen Hospital.

“We had no choice,” explained Mohammed’s father. “There are no functioning facilities in our area now. There is nothing.”

At two years of age, Mohammed weighs 5.9kg and cannot sit unassisted.

Hundreds of Thousands of Drought-Impacted Somalis Flee to Cities

As our plane makes its final descent into the town of Baidoa in Somalia’s Bay region, I can begin to make out hundreds of displacement camps that have popped up like mushrooms on the outskirts of the town. The country is now well into its third consecutive season of a severe drought that, in the last seven months alone, has forced more than 760,000 people to flee their homes in search of food and water.