The organization`s humanitarian coordinator says more than 20 million people are threatened by famine and starvation. They`re concentrated at four countries, the African nations of Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan, and the Middle Eastern nation of Yemen. The U.N. says this constitutes the world`s greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945, when the U.N. was founded.
What are these countries have in common? Conflict.
In Nigeria, it`s the fighting against the Boko Haram terrorist group, combined with potential famine that has devastated parts of the country.
In South Sudan, fighting between government troops and armed groups, combined with a famine, have left more than 40 percent of the population in need of food, farming help and nutrition.
In Somalia, attacks by the Islamic militant group al Shabaab, plus a worsening drought are taking their tool and in Yemen, a two year old civil war has left roads blocked, reduced imports, left markets damaged and left millions hungry.
So, what can be done about this?
The United Nations wants funding, $4.4 billion by this summer that would go toward fighting hunger and disease in these countries.
Used of war have also destroyed parts of Iraq and Syria, and helped give rise to the ISIS terrorist group. ISIS, an acronym for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. That`s what the terrorists wanted, based on their severe interpretation of Islam.
But their two major strongholds in those two countries are now the targets of international efforts to destroy ISIS. A battle is looming over Raqqa, ISIS`s self-declared capital in Syria, and the terrorists are losing their hold on the Iraqi city of Mosul after months of fighting there.
But will all these rid the world of ISIS? What would that take?