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