Humanitarian Funding: 62 million people need humanitarian help worldwide
The number of people needing humanitarian aid around the world has risen from 51 million to 62 million – an increase of more than 20 per cent – during the first half of 2012.
“Halfway through this year we are seeing people in desperate need in twenty countries, whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict, hunger and disaster,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Humanitarian partners have raised their funding requirements, from US$7.8 billion, at the beginning of the year, to $8.8 billion at the midway point.
Some 45 per cent of the funding required has been received but this leaves a gap of $4.8 billion for the remainder of 2012.
Some of the most pressing needs are in the Sahel region of West Africa, where 18 million people in nine countries are facing a severe food and nutrition crisis, worsened by conflict in northern Mali. More than a million children under five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition and over 200,000 people have fled into neighbouring countries.
Conflict, food insecurity and malnutrition have also steeply worsened in Yemen. Sixty per cent of children under five are chronically malnourished, a rate second only to Afghanistan. In Syria, hundreds of thousands of people are affected by the intensifying armed conflict, which has caused many to flee to neighbouring countries. South Sudan is coping with increasing numbers of refugees from Sudan, amid mounting food insecurity and malnutrition.