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US News With the coronavirus, the number of people in need of humanitarian aid exploded

13:00  01 december  2020
13:00  01 december  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Needs for humanitarian assistance have surged to unprecedented levels this year because of The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) expects a 40% increase in the number of people in need of assistance Next year, one in 33 people will be in need of aid , the report said

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The UN has just launched a real cry of alarm in the face of a pandemic that has plunged hundreds of millions of people into poverty and while famines in certain regions of the planet are looming in the weeks or months to come .

The UN has estimated the needs to help these hundreds of millions of people in poverty at 29 billion euros. And the figures are edifying: with the shock of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of people in need of humanitarian aid in the world will reach a new record of 235 million people, an increase of 40% in one year .

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The funds requested by the UN and its partners aim to help some 160 million people in 56 countries (out of 235 million) among the most vulnerable facing hunger, conflict, displacement and the consequences of climate change and the pandemic.

"The darkest picture we have ever exposed"

This year, "the increase is almost entirely due to Covid-19", which has killed at least 1.46 million people in almost a year, a stressed Mark Lowcock, the head of humanitarian affairs at the UN. He added: “the picture we present is the darkest we have ever exposed in terms of humanitarian needs to come. "

According to the UN, people" who were already living on a razor's edge have been hit hard and disproportionately by rising food prices, falling incomes, interrupting immunization programs and shutting down health care facilities. schools. And beyond the coronavirus, the death toll from HIV, tuberculosis and malaria could double.

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Still according to the UN, by the end of 2020, 270 million people could suffer from acute food insecurity, i.e. 82% more than before the pandemic. People in Yemen, Burkina Faso, South Sudan and northeastern Nigeria are on the brink of famine, while other countries and regions, such as Afghanistan and the Sahel, are also "potentially very vulnerable, ”added Mark Lowcok. Under these conditions, the UN estimates that “if we manage to pass the year 2021 without major famine, it will be a major success. "

" We must show solidarity "

The United Nations appeal shows that Syria and Yemen, ravaged by war, are at the top of the list of countries most in need of humanitarian aid. UN calls for nearly six billion dollars to help millions of Syrians at home and around the world and nearly 3.5 billion dollars to support around 20 million people in Yemen, in the grip of the world's most serious humanitarian crisis on the planet.

According to the UN, “the humanitarian system has proven its worth again in 2020, providing food, medicine, shelter, education and other essentials to tens of millions of people,” assured the UN Secretary General, António Guterres warning: “but the crisis is far from over. Humanitarian aid budgets face severe shortages as the impact of the global pandemic continues to worsen. Together, we must mobilize resources and show solidarity with people who are going through very dark times. "

Because, we are still far from the mark. This year, international donors have provided record funding of over $ 17 billion for the collective humanitarian response out of the $ 29 billion requested last December.

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