December 1, 2020

UN sees emergency aid needs exploding due to pandemic

Geneva (AFP) – The UN said Tuesday that $35 billion would be needed for aid in 2021, as the pandemic leaves tens of millions more people in crisis, and with the risk of multiple famines looming.The world body’s annual Global Humanitarian Overview estimated that 235 million people worldwide will need some form of emergency assistance next year — a staggering 40-percent increase in the past year.”The increase arises almost entirely because of Covid-19,” United Nations emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock told reporters.Next year, one in 33 people worldwide will be in need of aid, the repor…


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