Medical &Health

Global parliamentarians respond to looming famine in Africa, Yemen

Dhaka, April 4, 2017 (BSS) - The global parliamentary community stressed the need for urgent international action to save millions of people from famine and drought in parts of Africa and Yemen.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in its 136th Assembly being held in Dhaka since April 1adopted an emergency agenda today aimed at pressuring their governments to fund humanitarian relief operations to avert the crisis, said an IPU release.

People are facing the third consecutive year of drought in many of the countries covered by the emergency item. The impact is devastating, causing thirst and hunger, decimating livestock, destroying livelihoods, spreading disease and triggering large-scale population movements.

Ethiopia and Kenya are among the world's top 10 refugee host countries. These refugees are especially vulnerable in the current crisis.

IPU Members called upon the international community to take immediate action to prevent this potentially unprecedented famine and looming humanitarian catastrophe. They urged relevant governments to end hostilities and take every step to ensure unhindered humanitarian access.

The IPU resolution declared that the United Nations should commit the resources necessary to provide humanitarian support and nutritional relief. It stressed that particular attention needs to be focused on the most vulnerable groups, especially women, children and the aged.

IPU Members also want to prevent this tragedy from ever happening again. They urged governments to assist the affected countries in developing drought resilience mechanisms, including by eliminating the root causes of famine and drought. Parliamentarians also called for more investment in mitigation activities that support vulnerable countries in adapting to climate change.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)