The U.N. has warned the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since 1945. It issued a for all to help avoid "a ". U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said over 20 million people face the of starvation in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. He stressed there was an need for, "accelerated global to support U.N. humanitarian action on the ". He added: "We stand at a point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the 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 starving to ." It warned of disease, of children with stunted , of "lost futures, mass displacements and reversed development ". The El Niño weather phenomenon has brought rain, but a lot of the problems are man made. Conflicts are displacing many people. There are 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 ."