Over two hundred NGOs denounced on Tuesday that one person is estimated to be dying of hunger every four seconds worldwide. The NGOs are calling on leaders gathering at the 77th UN General Assembly to take decisive action to end the spiralling global hunger crisis, according to France Press, Agerpres read.
„Organisations from 75 countries have signed an open letter to express their outrage at the explosion in the number of people suffering from hunger and to make recommendations, while 345 million people worldwide suffer from acute hunger, a number that has more than doubled since 2019. Despite promises from world leaders to never allow famine again in the 21st century, famine is once more imminent in Somalia. Around the world, 50 million people are on the brink of starvation in 45 countries”, according to a statement issued by the 238 NGOs.
„It is abysmal that with all the technology in agriculture and harvesting techniques today we are still talking about famine in the 21st century. This is not about one country or one continent and hunger never only has one cause. This is about the injustice of the whole of humanity. It is extremely difficult to see people suffering while others sharing the same planet have plenty of food. We must not wait a moment longer to focus both on providing immediate lifesaving food and longer-term support so people can take charge of their futures and provide for themselves and their families”, Mohanna Ahmed Ali Eljabaly from the Yemen Family Care Association, one of the letter’s signatories, said.
This open letter is published on the occasion of the start of the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, where a large number of political leaders but also representatives of civil society meet for a week for what is considered as the most important diplomatic gathering in the world.