UN says 20 million face war-linked famine in Yemen, Somalia, S. Sudan, Nigeria

More than 20 million people are at risk from famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and the northeast of Nigeria, the UN warned on Wednesday, as cited by AFP news agency.

The Security Council officially declared for the first time that the threat was directly linked to the armed conflicts raging in the afflicted areas.

“The Security Council notes the devastating impact on civilians of ongoing armed conflict and violence,” the 15-member UN body said.

It went on to issue a call for all parties “to urgently take steps that would enable a more effective humanitarian response.”

According to the UN’s humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, only $2.5 billion have so far been paid up by donors to tackle the crisis, out of a total of $4.9 billion urgently needed.