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World Vision is responding to the global hunger emergency. In 2022 we aim to support 15 million people. The hunger crisis has been compounded by climate change, COVID and the war in Ukraine
By emailing your MP, you are helping us call on the Australian Government to show leadership by joining our response and providing a one-off, additional $150 million food aid package to avert famine and build resilience against hunger – particularly in the world’s conflict hotspots.
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More than 50 million people - about half of them children - across 50 countries are one step away from starvation. This is due to the combined effects of protracted conflicts, COVID-19 and the War in Ukraine. It's a humanitarian catastrophe without precedent in the 21st century.
The living hell for many refugees, torn from their homes by war and languishing in camps for years, just got worse. COVID-19 and conflict have intensified these challenges. Famine also endangers children's safety, learning and wellbeing. And it has devastating consequences for children's long-term physical and mental development.
Five nations - South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen and Madagascar - are experiencing famine-like conditions. Nigeria and Burkina Faso have pockets where there are famine-like conditions. And parts of Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Venezuela and Lebanon are experiencing serious food insecurity.
We must unite so we don’t see the mass deaths from famine that we saw in Ethiopia in the mid-80s – the "biblical famine" that awakened many of us to the fact that starvation was killing people.
Famine means there’s an extreme shortage of food. It results in many deaths, either due to starvation or a combination of malnutrition and disease. Famine was most recently declared in 2017 in South Sudan, and also in Somalia in 2011.
Famine is officially declared in an area when: