ACTNews, JAKARTA – When the body does not get nutrients from food for 72 hours, the cells in our body will slowly die. This allows the body to burn a large amount of fat and causes a state of ketosis. Ketosis is a condition where the body uses fat as the main source of energy instead of carbohydrates. This situation is commonly referred to as starvation. If the situation is left unchecked, it may lead to death.
It is very saddening that the situation currently occurs in Tigray, a region in northern Ethiopia, Africa. According to the report from BBC on June 11, 2021, UN Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock mentions that the ongoing starvation in Tigray is predicted to get worse.
In Tigray, 350 thousand people are living in a severe crisis. Apart from Tigray, famine is also happening in the neighboring regions including Amhara and Afar. According to the analysis, the famine situation in the region has reached the level of "catastrophic" because hunger and death have hit a group of people and spread over a wide area.
To BBC, People in Qafta Humera, an isolated district west of Tigray, said that they were on the verge of starvation. "There's no one to give us any help. Almost everyone here is dying - our eyes are dying from hunger. The situation is dangerous. Death is knocking on our door. You can see the hunger on each of our faces," said one of the residents in Qafta Humera.
In 1984, the Tigray region and the neighboring province of Wollo became the epicenter of a famine caused by a combination of drought and war that killed around 600,000 to 1 million people there.