THE MAJOR RISK OF MASS STARVATION IN FOUR AFRICAN COUNTRIES, WARNS UN

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The risk of mass starvation in four countries – northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – is rapidly rising due to deficiency and conflict, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

We are raising our alarm level today that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria is growing, UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing.

We are already seeing a rise of dislodgment.

Amid a funding shortfall and sharply falling availability of food, a humanitarian crisis possibly worse than that of 2011 when 260,000 people died of famine in the Horn of Africa is fast becoming an inevitability, he said.

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