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Extensive DRC effort to counter the ‘four famines’

The Danish Refugee Council is present in some of the worst hit areas and helps people, who are affected by the escalating ‘four famines’ in Africa and Yemen.

15.03.2017

More than 20 million people are facing famine in the crisis currently escalating several places in African and Yemen. This has caused the UN to issue its largest appeal in the organizations history. The Danish Refugee Council is present in many of the worst affected areas and is working extensively to help.

- It is almost impossible to fathom how comprehensive this crisis is. Right now many, many millions of people are facing famine. A massive effort to counter this is needed both today and in the many months to come, says Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council, Andreas Kamm.

Right now the worst affected areas are North-Eastern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, which has caused the UN to name the crisis ‘the four famines’. In all four places a combination of drought and conflict has led to the current catastrophic situation. But also areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are in risk of being affected by the hunger catastrophe. Both in terms of food insecurity because of drought and because hunger can force people to leave their homes in search of food.

The Danish Refugee Council has launched massive efforts in all the affected countries to help in the fight against hunger. This includes, among other things, food distribution, water transport and rehabilitating boreholes.

- We are focused on helping the people who are at risk and who face malnutrition and starvation. It is not just about saving lives today, it is also about mitigating some of the horrible long term consequences of famine, Andreas Kamm says.  

- We have a very good relationship with our international donors, who understand that this crisis is escalating quickly. A fast response and additional funds are needed and we have therefore begun a dialogue with Ole Kirk’s Foundation in order to activate funds from the newly created ‘global emergency fund’ which the foundation has generously helped us create, Andreas Kamm says.