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UN Sees A Sharp Rise in the Need for Emergency Aid Due to Coronavirus

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The United Nations estimates that some 235 million people will need some form of emergency aid next year, an increase of about 40 percent from the previous year.


The UN needs $ 35 billion to provide aid next year. Famine threatens in some places, warns UN emergency response coordinator Mark Lowcock.

“The increase is almost entirely due to Covid-19,” said Lowcock. The annual survey of the UN relief organizations, which usually indicates where the needs are greatest as a result of conflicts, natural disasters and climate change, among other things, this year shows that the corona pandemic mainly affects the people who are already worst.

“The picture we give is the darkest and greyest perspective on the humanitarian need for the time ahead of that we have ever given,” said Lowcock.

The war-torn countries of Syria and Yemen are most in need of aid, according to the UN. Crises are also underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Ethiopia that require extra money for UN aid organizations.

If the UN manages to raise the necessary $ 35 billion, that would be more than double the $ 17 billion raised this year. “Together we must raise resources and show solidarity with the people in their darkest hour of need,” UN chief Antonio Guterres said in a statement.

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