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WFP Chief warns of hunger pandemic as COVID-19 spreads

Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP) David Beasley has warned of a global famine because of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, stressing the need to take urgent and wise measures to beat the COVID-19 pandemic and avoid a humanitarian disaster.

Beasley told the Security Council on Tuesday via video link that the global spread of COVID-19 this year has sparked “the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two,” pointing out that 135 million people are facing crisis levels of hunger or worse, coupled with an additional 130 million on the edge of starvation prompted by Coronavirus.

 He noted that the WFP currently offers a lifeline to nearly 100 million people – up from about 80 million just a few years ago.

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Hamda Mustafa