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Over seven million children face a serious threat of famine in Yemen and ending the country's war will not save all of them, the UN children's agency said.
The UN humanitarian chief says 1.25 million people in war-torn South Sudan are one step away from famine - twice as many as the same time last year.
The US ambassador to the United Nations is sharply criticising African nations for what she calls their "collective failure" to respond to the threat of famine facing over 14 million people.
The UN's refugee agency says the risk of mass deaths from starvation is growing in parts of east Africa, Yemen and Nigeria.
The European Union says it’s giving an extra €165m to battle humanitarian crises in East Africa, including a famine in South Sudan and drought in Somalia.
Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency has said.
At least 40 000 people are being starved to death in South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine, the United Nations says.
Millions go hungry as El Nino, price hikes, and conflict combine to steer South Sudan towards starvation.
South Sudan's warring leaders have been given a deadline to agree another peace deal to end 19-months of civil war, mediators say.
There is no shortage of protein in Kinshasa's Gambela Market, from cows to antelope and snakes. But it is the blue and silver bowls brimming with twitching crickets, termites and slithering meal worms that do the briskest trade.
With famine on the rise worldwide, the UN Security Council threatened sanctions against governments, armies and rebels that block humanitarian aid from reaching civilians in war zones.
A vicious combination of war, cholera and hunger has left 80 percent of Yemeni children in desperate need of aid, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
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Aid workers say two months after the world's youngest nation declared a famine, hunger has become more widespread than expected.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of March to prevent "a catastrophe" of hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.
UN food experts warned of "alarming" levels of starvation in South Sudan with food prices at record highs after two years of civil war marked by atrocities.
The government of Lesotho has declared a national emergency as drought continues to hit farming communities.
UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien has warned of the "devastating" toll on the people of South Sudan of 19 months of a civil war marked by atrocities.
A ship carrying 3 000 ton of food aid for the UN's World Food Programme has docked at Yemeni port of Aden, the first such shipment to the beleaguered city in four months of fighting.
Clutching a small bag of corn in one hand, six-year-old Haova Toboha scratches the ground with the other in hopes of turning up stray kernels left from a UN food handout.
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