Famine Is Outpacing COVID19 in Deaths Worldwide

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Famine Is Outpacing COVID19 in Deaths Worldwide

11 people die of hunger each minute and famine-like conditions have increased sixfold worldwide in the last year, according to Oxfam.
In a report titled "The Hunger Virus Multiplies" that the number of people who die from famine is higher than the death toll from COVID19, which kills roughly seven people a minute. More than 155 million people around the world are currently living with food insecurity, which has seen an increase of 20 million from last year. Two-thirds of the people affected live in countries where military conflict has led to instability and crop collapse.
During the COVID19 pandemic, global military spending increased by $51 billion, which is six times more than what the United Nations budget needs to stop world hunger.
The worst hunger hot spots include Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Haiti, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen all currently consumed by war. Starvation continues to be used as a weapon of war, depriving civilians of food and water and impeding humanitarian relief. People are being denied safety due to unending impunity by states committing relentless war crimes, bombings, and destroying infrastructure, markets, crops, and livestock. At the same time, global warming and the pandemic's economic repercussions have resulted in the highest global food prices since the early 2000s. Tens of millions of people have been pushed into hunger as a result of this surge.
According to Oxfam America’s President and CEO Abby Maxman, “The statistics are staggering, but we must remember that these figures are made up of individual people facing unimaginable suffering... Today, unrelenting conflict on top of the COVID-19 economic fallout, and a worsening climate crisis, has pushed more than 520,000 people to the brink of starvation... Instead of battling the pandemic, warring parties fought each other, too often landing the last blow to millions already battered by weather disasters and economic shocks.”

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