July 28, 2017
Written by Courtney Columbus
This article originally appeared on NPR.
It’s the famine that not enough people have heard about.
An estimated 20 million people in four countries — Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen — are at risk of famine and starvation. And the word isn’t getting out, says Justin Forsyth, a deputy executive director of UNICEF.
Speaking with NPR’s Audie Cornish on All Things Considered, he explained that politics and donor fatigue are two of the main causes.
“Politicians around the world are very focused domestically on politics at home, not on international issues,” Forsyth says. “In addition, some of the public fear that their aid money hasn’t really made a difference when they’ve provided it before.”