Silent Tragedy 6

March 17, 2021

According to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) the global pandemic is pushing to the brink of starvation from 135 million people, pre-covid, a year ago to 270 million.

Last week, during a United Nations Security Council Session, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, David Beasley, declared the pandemic is pushing to the brink of starvation from 135 million people, pre-covid, a year ago to 270 million.

The WFP is the United Nations agency that deals with food assistance and food security worldwide. It is currently assisting over 100 million people in more than 70 countries around the world, and it is the largest provider of school meals.

According to Beasley, pandemic is pushing 270 million people on the brink of starvation. “Armed conflict,” he stated, “compounded by climate extremes and the covid-19 pandemic, has threatened to push the number of people in the world marching to the brink of starvation from 135 million people, pre-covid, a year ago to 270 million that we’re looking at now.”

“I remember about a year ago when we appeared before on this particular topic with regards to pandemics around the world and the world was still getting to grips with the novel covid-19 virus, I addressed the (UN) Security Council and warned then that the world stood literally on the brink of two pandemics – a health/covid pandemic and, due to its economic impact and supply chain disruption, a hunger pandemic.

“WFP’s food insecurity projections for 2021 are truly shocking. … Now, 270 million people are facing a hunger crisis and famine is a dangerous possibility in over 30 countries. … The cycle of violence, hunger and despair pulls in more and more individuals and families as the weeks and months pass. But the potential consequences are truly global: economic deterioration, destabilization, mass migration and starvation.”

During the same Session, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, stated: “At the end of 2020, more than 88 million people were suffering from acute hunger due to conflict and instability – a 20 per cent surge in one year – and 2021 projections point to a continuation of this “frightening trend”, with multiple conflict-driven famines globally, and with climate shocks and covid-19 “adding fuel to the flames”.

WFP News Release
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