More than 17 million people may starve in Horn of Africa, warns UN

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 21 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2208
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1 Geneva

    The United Nations and international aid organisations have warned that more than 17 million people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of starvation if donors worldwide do not step up their support.

    John Holmes, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, last week described the situation as “very worrying in most places.”

    In Somalia the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is estimated at 3.5 million, up from about 2.6 million in June, Sir John said.

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