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UN: Record number of people to need aid next year

A record 339 million people are expected to be in need of humanitarian aid next year, according to a UN forecast published on Thursday.

A record 339 million people are expected to be in need of humanitarian aid next year, according to a UN forecast published on Thursday.

The UN‘s emergency aid office OCHA is asking donor countries for $51.5 billion, a 25% increase compared to the beginning of 2022.

“Humanitarian needs are shockingly high, as this year’s extreme events are spilling into 2023,” emergency relief coordinator Martin Griffiths said in a statement.

“Lethal droughts and floods are wreaking havoc in communities from Pakistan to the Horn of Africa. The war in Ukraine has turned a part of Europe into a battlefield. More than 100 million people are now displaced worldwide. And all of this on top of the devastation left by the pandemic among the world’s poorest.”

OCHA said at least 222 million people in 53 countries face acute food insecurity, while 45 million people in 37 countries risk starvation.

Climate change, public health needs and gender inequality were also creating additional hardship, OCHA said.

“For people on the brink, this appeal is a lifeline. For the international community, it is a strategy to make good on the pledge to leave no one behind,” Griffiths said.

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