The head of the program, David Beasley, said that most of the population of the four countries is starving right now. We are talking about Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan, and Yemen, where a total of 584 thousand people are malnourished. The UN representative predicted that the number of countries with difficult access to food will grow. Beasley estimates that 41 million people in 43 countries are at risk of starvation.
Beasley noted that in the regions in need, assistance is required immediately. “In Somalia, 260 thousand people died of hunger in 2011. By the time the famine was actually declared, half of these people had already died,” he stressed.
On June 16, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced the threat of famine in the country. He said that last year’s typhoon prevented the implementation of the plan for growing grain. Therefore, the country has a tense situation with the provision of food to the population.