More people will die this year from hunger caused by the pandemic, than from Covid-19.
That’s according to the charity Oxfam which says an estimated 122 million more people could face starvation because of reducions in aid, mass unemployment and the disruption of food production and supplies.
It also describes middle-income countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa as ’emerging epicentres of hunger’ with millions of people facing being ‘tipped over the edge’ by the social and economic effects of the crisis.
Oxfam says some of the world’s poorest countries could see 12,000 extra deaths per day due to hunger before the end of 2020.
The charity says this is more than the peak global coronavirus death rate of 10,000 per day in April.
The 10 extreme hunger hotspots the report highlights include Afghanistan, Syria and South Sudan – where the charity says the situation is most severe – and getting worse.
So, can a disaster be avoided?
Chema Vera, Oxfam International Executive Director.
Waleed Althujiry, Member of Yemeni society for Emergency and Disaster Medicine.
Reem Nada, World Food Programme Regional Communications Officer.
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