Tue. Jan 18th, 2022

United Nations: 274m people will be in need worldwide in 2022

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About 40 million more people worldwide are likely to be added to the number of those in need of humanitarian assistance or protection in 2022, according to United Nations (UN) estimates.

The United Nations is projecting 274 million people in need by 2022, up from 250 million in 2021, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that one in 29 of the world’s population is in need of assistance.

“Needs continue to increase because of confluence of political instability, increased displacement levels, climate impacts and the effects of COVID-19.

“Humanitarian aid saves lives, if delivered in a timely manner, the money we spend is not money wasted,” said Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, adding that humanitarian assistance and political solution are required to tackle the problem.

He is most concerned about the situation in Ethiopia, where the government is fighting the long-dominant Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

The UN agencies want to help 183 million people in 63 countries.

They need a total of 41 billion dollars (36.3 billion euros), twice as much as four years ago.
The need is particularly great in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and Ethiopia.

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