The World Organization estimates that more than 820 million people are already suffering from hunger worldwide. The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic threatens to further exacerbate the situation.
The World Food Programme (WFP) predicts a massive famine due to the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. “We are seriously sounding the alarm. We are afraid that we are facing a really big crisis,” said Bettina Luscher of WFP Berlin in an interview with epd on Friday, April 3.
According to her, already now WFP provides emergency humanitarian aid to 87 million people in more than 80 countries, while the work of the humanitarian organization is increasingly difficult due to wars, climate change, droughts and floods, and now the Coronavirus Pandemic is added to it.
The situation is unprecedented in complexity.
“The coronavirus, which has infiltrated almost all African countries, has created a truly difficult situation in many regions, especially where the economy and health system are weak. We face an unprecedented situation in which we, as the world’s largest humanitarian organization, have never been. This is an absolutely uncharted territory,” said Lusher.
According to UN estimates, more than 820 million people are now hungry all over the world. In East Africa alone, 15 million people are undernourished in countries such as South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. “The Coronavirus pandemic gives reason to fear that hunger will become a reality for many millions of other people. The need for emergency food aid will only increase,” said a representative of WFP Berlin.