This is a children’s crisis: Almost 21 million children are one
step away from famine and face starvation. Urgent life-saving
action is needed NOW to prevent a humanitarian hunger crisis in
which tens of thousands of children could die. Famine has no place
in the 21st century and is entirely preventable.
Conflict, COVID-19, and climate change are now interacting
to create new and worsening hunger hotspots and reverse the
gains families had made to escape poverty.
Time is running out. If the world stands by and does too little too
late, children and their families will be forced to make dangerous
survival choices that will have lasting harmful consequences for girls
and boys, including preventable death.
Everyone is exhausted by the battle to defeat COVID-19
but in the poorest parts of the world, families are now
confronted by new spikes in the virus (due to the spread
of the Delta variant and the arrival of new variant Omicron)
and literally looking for their next meal. People know the value
incoming together to defeat the pandemic and now we must
urgently stand together to prevent catastrophic levels of starvation.