250 Million Africans Experience Acute Hunger

About 250 million, or nearly 20 percent of Africans, suffer from acute hunger. The provision of food through Qurbani is expected to be one of the emergency solutions to overcome the food crisis.

African children
Illustration. Portrait of poor African children in front of their simple house. (ACTNews).

ACTNews, AFRICA – In Africa, hunger is increasing at an alarming rate. The COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, drought, economic woes, and extreme weather are reversing years of progress. As of 2019, 234 million sub-Saharan Africans were chronically undernourished, more than in any other region. In Africa, 250 million people were experiencing hunger, which is nearly 20% of the population.

The majority of the population experiencing hunger are in sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda. Conditions are deteriorating across East Africa, where 7 million people are at risk of starvation, and another 33.8 million people face acute food insecurity. At least 12.8 million children are acutely malnourished in the region.

Hunger is caused by several factors. One of them is the deterioration of agriculture due to prolonged drought and pest attacks that often lead to crop failure and decreased food supplies. "The increase of the desert locust population continues to threaten livelihoods and food availability in East Africa," said Andi Noor Faradiba from ACT's Global Humanity Response team, Friday (7/2/2021).

Based on data compiled by ACT’s Global Humanity Response, since May, an estimated 12.9 million people have faced food scarcity, malnutrition, and water shortages in the livestock and agricultural areas of the lowlands of southern and southeastern Ethiopia. In Kenya, 2 million people are suffering from acute food shortages and in need of immediate food assistance.

In Somalia, the population experiencing a food crisis whose affected people has increased in just one month, from 1.6 million people in April to around 2.7 million people by the end of May 2021. Meanwhile, in South Sudan, almost 70 percent of its citizens need humanitarian assistance. 

"They have suffered from this crisis for a long time. Almost every year, various problems such as prolonged conflict, severe drought, and the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic arise, which causes food insecurity in Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than four million positive cases of Covid-19 recorded in Africa," said Faradiba.

Urgent solutions are needed to reduce the hunger that haunts the Africans every year. Global Qurban- ACT tries to offer the solution. Through Qurbani, the best quality meat will be distributed to thousands of Africans. Hunger will disappear, and malnutrition will improve through the Qurbani meat given by Generous Friends.

“Through Global Qurban, we offer an easy solution for Generous Friends to perform Qurbani. Donors can directly choose the Qurbani animal, and take part in efforts to end the famine in Africa this year. Insha Allah, Global Qurban is trustworthy because, in previous years, Global Qurban regularly slaughtered thousands of Qurbani animals there," said Faradiba. []