More resources needed to pull countries "back from the brink" of famine

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A medical practitioner uses a Mid Upper-Arm Circumference (MUAC) measuring tape on a child indicating Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) at a mobile clinic at a temporary settlement for families forced to move because of drought near the town of Ainabo, Somalia. Photo:UNICEF/Holt

More resources are urgently needed to protect 20 million people at risk of famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and North-East Nigeria.

That's according to a Statement by the President of the UN Security Council, issued on Wednesday.

It also notes the "devastating impact on civilians" of on-going conflict and violence around the world.

More details from Matt Wells.

The Council statement highlights the devastating humanitarian consequences of conflict and violence, which are a major reason why so many people in the four countries affected continue to be at risk of famine.

The statement notes in particular the link between food scarcity and increased vulnerability of women, children and persons with disabilities.

All parties to fighting and instability in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and North-East Nigeria need to "urgently take steps" to allow more effective relief operations on the ground, the statement adds.

Despite the generosity of international donors in response to the four country crises, Member States need to provide additional funding "to pull people back from the brink of famine."

The statement underlines the obligations of all warring parties to respect and protect civilians, and underlines the need to ensure the security of humanitarians going about their life-saving work.

In light of the "unprecedented threat" of famine in the four countries, the Council calls on UN chief António Guterres to brief members in October on the latest developments.

Matt Wells, United Nations.

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