Oxfam, an organization working for poverty alleviation, has said that every minute 11 people die due to starvation worldwide.
In a report titled ‘The Hunger Virus Multiplex’, Oxfam said the number of people who died of starvation has exceeded the number of people who have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Due to Corona, about seven people die every minute in the world.
Oxfam also said in the last one year, the number of people facing famine-like situations has increased six-fold across the world. Oxfam America President and CEO Abby Maxman said the figures are shocking. But we must not forget that these figures are people who are going through unimaginable suffering.
About two-thirds of these people are starving and the reason for this is the ongoing military conflict in their country. The economic impact of COVID-19, merciless conflicts and a worsening climate crisis have pushed more than 520,000 people to the brink of starvation, Maxman said.
Instead of fighting the pandemic, escalated the conflict
Abby Maxman said, “In the world, instead of coping with the global pandemic, conflicting factions are fighting with each other. This is ultimately affecting millions of people who are already reeling under weather-related disasters and economic shocks.
During the Corona period, the expenditure on armies has increased by $ 51 billion all over the world. This amount is at least six times more than what the United Nations needs to end hunger.
Uncontrollable situation in five countries
Oxfam has placed Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen in the list of most affected countries by hunger. There are situations of conflict in all these countries.
“Countries are using hunger as a weapon of war by depriving ordinary citizens of food, water and humanitarian relief,” Maxman said. If markets are bombed, crops and cattle are destroyed, people cannot stay safe or find food.