The U.N. has warned of the humanitarian crisis since 1945. It pleaded with to help avoid "a catastrophe". Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said over 20 million people faced in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. He stressed the need for, " global efforts to support U.N. humanitarian on the ". He added: "We stand at a point in ." He said the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the of the U.N.
The U.N. warned of for millions in the affected countries. It said: "Without …global efforts…people risk to death." It warned of disease, of children with stunted , of "lost futures, mass displacements and reversed development ". The El Niño weather has brought rain, but a lot of the problems are man made. Conflicts are displacing many people. There are reports of convoys being attacked. Mr O'Brien said: "It is possible to avert this crisis, to avert these …these looming human catastrophes. It is all ."