The Niger Delta – Nigeria










Before Our Very Eyes

Who Will Help Fight Deadly Famine




After several years of ongoing efforts to save and rescue humanity, we are experiencing some of the worst events right before our very eyes in the 21st century. Today, the world stands on the brink of four famines, leaving tens of millions of people to face risk of starvation in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Northern Nigeria.  Also, the global learning and monitoring systems and food security initiatives are seriously put to a test as the Horn of Africa is facing its third consecutive year of drought, causing thirst and hunger, decimating livestock, destroying livelihoods, spreading disease, and triggering large-scale migration of people.


No matter the lens one wears to view this, human development and progress has been hit, hardly pushing back gains of past efforts.  Somalia’s drought is already spreading to its neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia.  Millions of families across these countries are now at risk of starvation, and tens of millions more are in urgent and desperate need of food, clean drinking water, and sanitation.  Focusing on specific threats may spur and galvanize the needed action by all.  Seventeen countries are struggling to come out of vulnerability which has left about 40 million people at risk.  Several factors continue to inflict harm and threats to livelihoods: empty granaries and people selling off livestock, high food prices, limited government services, poor and delayed rains, political crises, malnutrition, impacts of the El Niño, widespread crop failure, and falling terms of trade for pastoralists, insurgency and threats from militant groups.


The head of the United Nations humanitarian department described the crisis as the largest since the second world war in 1945, and states that an amount of $4.4 billion is needed “to avert a catastrophe”.  In one of the camps for internally displaced persons in Nigeria, one medical ward currently serves 250,000 people.  As stated by the medical personnel, “When malnutrition and Vitamin A deficiency combine with measles – this is a killer”.


UNICEF estimates that 8.5 million people need humanitarian assistance, 5.1 million malnourished, with about half a million children so severely malnourished that without treatment 75,000 more will die by June 2017.  Aside from this, child mortality is currently off the chart and is up to four times above the emergency threshold.


This current human crisis likely ranks as one of the worst of our time.  There is no time for a blame game.  Collective action through cooperation and networking is necessary to save one more child out of the hands of death!


We can act together.  Let’s do it, and do it NOW!













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