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Around 56 Million People are in Urgent Need of Food in 8 Conflict Zones

WASHINGTON – About 56 million people are in need of food, aid and urgent livelihoods in eight conflict zones around the world, AA reported Tuesday.
According to the report, Yemen, South Sudan, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic are the five areas that experienced the most conflict-induced food insecurity at the end of 2018.
The report was prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) for the United Nations Security Council.
“The link between conflict and hunger remains too persistent,” he said.
The other three conflict zones – Somalia, Syria and Lake Chad Basin – experienced food security improvements parallel to security.
The report indicates, however, that a “major deterioration” is expected during the 2019 lean season in the Lake Chad Basin.
The report “clearly demonstrates the impact of armed violence on the lives and livelihoods of millions of men, women, boys and girls in conflict,” said FAO Director Jose Graziano da Silva.
WFP Executive Director David Beasley urged “better and faster access to all areas of conflict” to reach more people in need.
“But what the world needs most is to end wars,” Beasley said.
The report also indicates that violence against aid workers is on the rise, forcing humanitarian organizations to suspend their operations and deprive vulnerable populations of humanitarian aid.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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