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Hunger may kill over 27m W’Africans – Report

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OVER 27 million people are currently trapped in extreme hunger in West Africa as the sub-region faces its worst food crisis in recent years.

  Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM) gave the number in a statement issued to journalists in Nigeria by its Nigeria Field Communication Officer, Rita Abiodun, yesterday.

  Warning that the figure could rise to 38 million by June if care is not taken, the statement also explained that the number was arrived at from a study conducted by 11 international organisations in response to new analyses of March 2022 Cadre Harmonisé (CH), ahead of the virtual conference on the food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel and Lake Chad organised by the European Union (EU) and the Sahel and West Africa Club.

  According to the report,  increase in the number of persons facing hunger would set a new alarming historic level unless urgent action is taken, adding that over the past decade, far from abating, food crises have been increasing across the West African region, including in Burkina Faso, Niger Republic, Chad, Mali and Nigeria, adding that between 2015 and 2022, the number of people in need of emergency food assistance nearly quadrupled, from 7 to 27 million.

  It will be recalled that 11 international organisations that participated in the report are Oxfam, Action Against Hunger, Save the Children, CARE International, International Rescue Committee (IRC), and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Others are the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA), Tearfund, World Vision (WV), Handicap International – Humanité & Inclusion and Mercy Corps.

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