Around 1.4 million children have thought to be at an “imminent risk” of dying in famine-stricken Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia, according to the U.N. agency for children, UNICEF, on Tuesday.
People have already begun to starve to death in the four nations, as the World Food Programme states over 20 million more lives are at risk within the following six months.
“Time is running out for more than a million children,” said UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake in a statement.
“We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action. We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.”
Famine had been formally declared Monday in many parts of the new nation of South Sudan that had been plagued by a civil war since back in 2013. The conflict is reported to be splitting the nation along its ethnic borders, leading the UN to be concerned over a possible genocide.
UNICEF stated that 270,000 kids in the newly formed nation of South Sudan are severely malnourished. A charity called Save the Children released a statement Monday declaring over 1 million children in the country at risk of famine and starvation.
South Sudan was also hit by an on-going drought in east Africa that is severely affecting Somalia, bringing it back to a state of famine, only six years since 260,000 individuals starved to their death in 2011.
UNICEF stated that 185,000 children are expected to potentially suffer due to severe acute malnutrition in the nation later this year, but they imagine that figure figure will rise up to 270,000 within a few months.
Yet another 462,000 kids are currently suffering severe acute malnutrition in the nation of Yemen, where the current war, lasting the last two years, have allowed for severe shipping restrictions and economic collapse.