Oxfam fears war in Ukraine will trigger famine

WheatPhoto: AP Photo / Vitaly Timkiv, File

Oxfam warns of an imminent food crisis in East Africa. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is one of the main causes of the potential famine.

The countries Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan are particularly vulnerable, Oxfam’s director Gabriela Bucher warned.

Even if the rain season starts this month, it will not alleviate the situation. Up to 28 million people could be affected.

The impact of the war is twofold, according to Oxfam. Firstly, the attention of the international community is directed towards Ukraine, which leads to less action in East Africa.

Secondly, the countries in East Africa import up to 90% of the wheat from Ukraine and Russia, and the war strongly affects grain imports.

Around 21 million people are already starving, Oxfam stated.

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