U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, March 8, 2017. The risk of genocide has considerably diminished in South Sudan, which is experiencing civil strife that has led to famine in some parts, Guterres said.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned recently that over 20 million people in 9 countries in the sub Saharan Africans are facing starvation and that the situation might worsen if nothing is done to avert the crisis.
Somalia is facing its second famine in less than six years, South Sudan has declared some parts of the country in famine, and Kenya’s government declared the drought there a national disaster. More than 5.5 million people are going to bed hungry in Ethiopia alone
He called for urgent mobilization of funds- $ 4.4 billion by july 2017 for northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen to “avert a catastrophe.”
In northeastern Nigeria, O’Brien said 10.7 million people need humanitarian aid, including 7.1 million people who are “severely food insecure.”
Guterres, ending a visit to Kenya recently discussed the South Sudan political and humanitarian crisis with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We had the opportunity to discuss, to find, identify [a] point of view on how to create conditions for South Sudan to have an inclusive dialogue leading to a true peaceful settlement of the problem South Sudan faces, and at the same time with the humanitarian access to be granted to all parts of the territory,” Guterres said.
Guterres has called for more stable funding and support for African Union troops in Somalia, who are preventing extremists from taking over the country.
The U.N. leader said violence, looting and blocking aid from reaching those in need had worsened the situation in South Sudan and had put more than 1 million people at risk.
Guterres said a major effort would be required to end the crisis and the suffering of the South Sudanese people.