The United Nations (UN) has that the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945. It has a plea to all nations to help "a catastrophe". UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, that more than 20 million people the threat of starvation and famine in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. He there was an urgent need for, "accelerated global efforts to UN humanitarian action on the ground". Mr O'Brien the UN Security Council: "We at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN."
The UN of a bleak future for millions in the affected African countries and Yemen. It said: "Without collective and coordinated global efforts…people starving to death and succumbing to disease … [with] stunted children, lost futures, mass displacements and reversed development gains." While the natural El Niño weather phenomenon has little or no rain, a lot of the problems fuelling the crisis man made. War and conflicts are many in these countries and are efforts to aid. There are reports of aid convoys being . Mr O'Brien said: "It is possible to this crisis, to avert these famines, to avert these looming human catastrophes. It all preventable."