July 26, 2017

Famine and drought

Written by Al Jazeera

This video originally appeared on Al Jazeera’s website.

How do you make the world care about tens of millions of people on the brink of starvation? That is the question that the United Nations and other international organisations are struggling with while the largest famine threat in recent history is sweeping across nations in central Africa and the Middle East, including Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. The situations in these countries are largely man-made by ongoing conflict in mostly agricultural regions. War has decimated infrastructure and markets, and farmers have fled, leaving their crops unharvested. Getting aid to areas controlled by groups like Al-Shabab in Somalia, and Boko Haram in Nigeria is extremely difficult and dangerous.

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