Juba, 04 December, 2020 / 6:32 pm (ACI Africa).
Zimbabwe, South Sudan, and Somalia are among the four nations staring at a hunger pandemic starting this Christmas due to the combined effects of drought and COVID-19 restrictions, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trocaire says.
In a Friday, December 4 report obtained by ACI Africa, officials of the Ireland-based aid agency say the citizens of the three African are among the 270 million people across the globe facing a “Christmas of hunger.” Syria is the fourth country.
“This year has seen a perfect storm that has left 270 million people facing crisis levels of food shortages. That is double the number of people needing immediate assistance this time last year,” Trocaire’s CEO, Caoimhe de Barra has been quoted as saying in the December 4 report.
Ms. Barra adds, “The impact of COVID-19 has been devastating for the world’s poorest people. People haven’t been able to plant crops, sell goods at local markets or access school feeding programs.”
The hunger pandemic is aggravated by the fact that millions of people who may have been earning less than $1 a day before the COVID-19 are now earning nothing at all, Ms. Barra who has been at the helm of Trocaire since October 2018 further says.