Haywire Episode 1: Cataclysm of world’s biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945
Death by starvation is slow.. It is painful.. The devilry of lingering starvation has reached a stage where the lives of 1.4 million children are at stake. Those who are in a position of strength have a responsibility to protect the weak. The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid “a catastrophe“. Three months ago, UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said that more than 20 million people face the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.
UNICEF has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year. Mr O’Brien said $4.4bn (£3.6bn) was needed by July to avert disaster. “We stand at a critical point in history,” Mr O’Brien told the Security Council. At that time, he revealed the UN had only received $90m (£74m) so far in 2017, despite generous pledges.
From Riots to War to Crisis:
Boko Haram’s (Islamic terror group) rise has blown especially the north-east region of Nigeria. The current insurgency started in 2009, it has killed 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million from their homes. Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency has reportedly not been delivered. Similar case is in South Sudan where women and children walk for weeks in search of food and water. In South Sudan, the government’s incompetence in tackling the shenanigans of opposition’s party has led to a situation of the country becoming the third-most fled country in the world. Yemen’s case is slightly similar to South Sudan’s in a sense that two groups fighting for the power have led the people of its country to survive on leaves. The cholera epidemic has been causing one death every hour in Yemen and it is gut wrenching to see the faces of little kids who are dying while there is very little that everyone is doing about it. In Somalia, the prevalence of Al Shabaab & Al Qaeda has dismantled the Somali forces & the people.
The underreporting and human ignorance towards world’s largest humanitarian crisis is afflictive in every sense and torments the conscience in little shreds. If the picture of bedridden 8 year olds or a picture of a kid in absolute shambles due to hunger doesn’t strike the emotional chord; the human race needs to have a moment of self reflection. With less than a month left and thousands dying on a daily basis, UN should leave no stone unturned. Desperate situations require desperate actions and this crisis doesn’t just limit itself to its desperate nature but the decisiveness in actions will have the final say.