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18.4m African Refugees Currently Facing Food Scarcity.

18.4m African Refugees Currently Facing Food Scarcity.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, -UNHCR German-partner organization has confirmed that refugees around the world including Africa are currently facing food shortages emanating from the Russia-Ukraine war.

According to UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe on Monday, the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and droughts are worsening humanitarian crises like the one seen in Yemen.

The organization said migrants and internally displaced people including host populations who take those groups in will suffer most from food shortages and hunger.

“According to a report, over 1.5 million people seeking protection are also in urgent need of help.

It also earmarked the horrible situation in Yemen, where a civil war has been raging for almost eight years now, causing the already unbalanced economy to collapse and leaving 80% of the population dependent on international aid. The civil war has made the United Nations tag Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

It added that failed grain deliveries and rising food prices have been making the difficult situation worse: 17.4 million people, or over half of Yemen’s entire population, are on the brink of famine, according to a UN refugee relief. Among them are 3.8 million internally displaced individuals and refugees.

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The Yemeni civil war, opposing the Saudi-backed government against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals.

An NGO noted that the coronavirus pandemic, current droughts, and the war in Ukraine, where Russia has been blocking vital grain exports, are mostly the main reasons for the food scarcity in Yemen.

“In Germany, we feel global delivery shortages and food scarcities when sunflower oil and wheat flour temporarily disappear from supermarket shelves — but for a lot of refugees and IDPs in especially crisis-ridden regions, it is a matter of survival,”

said Peter Ruhenstroth-Bauer, managing director of the UN refugee relief.
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