UN warns of millions at risk of starvation in drought stricken Ethiopia, Somalia, and Afghanistan

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a709
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The United Nations has warned that millions of people face life threatening shortages of food, aggravated by the global food price crisis, in drought stricken Ethiopia, Somalia, and Afghanistan. Emergency humanitarian aid is desperately needed to avert another calamity, the UN says.

    John Holmes, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, said that 4.6 million people are in need of help in Ethiopia, including 75 000 children suffering from acute malnutrition. “Urgent intervention” was needed to save their lives, he said.

    Sir John, who also heads the UN’s task force on the food crisis, said that 2.6 million people were in “desperate need” of humanitarian assistance in Somalia, currently affected by drought and conflict. …

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