Jul 18, 2017

More than 20 million face starvation in Africa

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WashPost lead editorial, "The worst crisis you've never heard of":

  • "More than 20 million people in four countries [Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria] are at risk of starvation in the coming months, in what the United Nations has called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. But the global response to the [famine] has been lacking, both from governments and from private citizens."
  • "'[O]ne encouraging development has been the formation by eight large U.S. private relief organizations of an unprecedented alliance, the Global Emergency Response Coalition, which on Monday launched a two-week fundraising drive. The campaign has attracted backing from several U.S. corporations, including Blackrock, PepsiCo and Google."
  • From a Global Emergency Response Coalition press release: "[D]onations to the Hunger Relief Fund can be made at www.globalemergencyresponse.org. The public service announcement voiced by actor and humanitarian George Clooney may be viewed in the coalition Press Room."

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