The UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs Mark Lowcock has described the aid support to poorer countries as “grossly inadequate.”
He also made an urgent appeal to wealthy countries for billions of dollars more to fight the coronavirus and deal with food insecurity.
The additional $3.6bn is the UN’s third appeal for funds since it launched the Global Humanitarian Response Plan in March.
It now brings the total appeal to a record of $10.3bn.
The money is to help 63 countries, mainly in Africa and Latin America.
“The response so far of wealthy nations, who’ve rightly thrown out the fiscal and monetary rule books to protect their own people and economies, the response that they’ve made to the situations in other countries has been grossly inadequate, and that’s dangerously shortsighted,” Lowcock, the UN spokesman, said as he warned of the risk of multiple famines this year and into 2021.
In addition to Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, and Nigeria, which have already been hit by food shortages, he expressed growing concern over Sudan, Zimbabwe, and Haiti.
“The prospect of cascading crises more brutal and destructive than anything the virus alone can do must jolt us all out of our comfort zone,” he added.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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