UN: Six African countries and Yemen receive $100 million to fight hunger

Martin Griffiths, the UN's humanitarian chief, announced on Thursday that he had granted $100 million to assistance projects in seven countries to combat the risk of famine aggravated by the "contagion effects" of the war in Ukraine. 

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is further aggravating food insecurity in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan and Nigeria, notably by disrupting food markets.

Currently, according to UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths, it's 'hundreds of thousands of children' who 'go to sleep hungry every night as their parents worry about how to feed them' while a 'war on the other side of the world makes their prospects even worse ".

Faced with this alarming observation, Martin Griffiths decided to allocate 100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support assistance projects in these seven countries.

This money will be used to provide “essential food, cash and nutritional aid as well as other forms of assistance, including medical services, shelter and drinking water”, specifies the organization.

Sums distributed as follows: 14 million dollars for Somalia, 12 million dollars for Ethiopia, Kenya will receive 4 million dollars, 20 million dollars will be paid to the Yemen as well as Sudan, while South Sudan and Nigeria will each receive $15 million.

The humanitarian chief of the organization believes that this allowance "will save lives".

Camille Westphal Perrier

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