The United Nations World Food Program is asking political leaders, the wealthy, and the Global North to help millions of people around the world who are facing starvation. According to Common Dreams, most are acutely in Afghanistan, Africa, and the Middle East.
“Tens of millions of people are staring into an abyss. We’ve got conflict, climate change, and Covid-19 driving up the numbers of the acutely hungry, and the latest data show there are now more than 45 million people marching towards the brink of starvation,” says WFP Executive Director David Beasley.
🚨Hunger is on the rise 🚨— World Food Programme (@WFP) November 7, 2021
Conflict, climate change, and the #COVID19 pandemic have spiked an unprecedented global crisis, pushing families in 43 countries one step away from famine.
The price of doing nothing will be measured in lost lives. #FightFamine pic.twitter.com/jZDq8RepyU
As Common Dreams further states, families facing acute food shortages are being forced to make “devastating choices to cope with the rising hunger.” The cost of averting famine globally is $7 billion.