The unprecedented drought and conflict have resulted in severe and growing humanitarian needs, according to the Humanitarian Needs Overview released on 29 November. Over 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, half of these require urgent life-saving assistance. This includes 866,000 people in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) as of November 2017, reflecting a sharp spike in the number of most vulnerable people, up from 83,000 people in Emergency in January 2017. More than one-third of those in need are internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Humanitarians continue to reach over three million people per month with life-saving assistance and livelihood support. However, with humanitarian needs growing, famine prevention efforts need to be sustained into 2018, alongside scaling up of livelihoods support to prevent populations at risk from sliding deeper into food insecurity. Early funding next year, to support the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan, will be critical to enable humanitarian partners to sustain the current life-saving efforts.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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