UN appeals for funds to fight hunger in Myanmar

    A woman cooks on a food counter with posters against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 16, 2021. REUTERS

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    A woman cooks on a food counter with posters against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 16, 2021. REUTERS

    The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) warned on Friday that it may not have enough funding for the next six months to help millions of people in Myanmar face food insecurity amid a wave of Covid-19 infections and political unrest in the country. Southeast Asia.

    The WFP said in a statement that it needed $ 86 million to help fight hunger in the country, which is facing growing Covid-19 infections and has been in chaos since the military ousted an elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. on the 1st of February.

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    “We have seen the famine spread deeper and deeper into Myanmar,” said WFP Myanmar director Stephen Anderson.

    The world’s largest humanitarian organization estimates that 6.3 million people in Myanmar could face food insecurity in the next six months, up from 2.8 million before the military takeover in February.

    “It is very important for us to be able to access … all those in need and receive the funding needed to provide them with humanitarian assistance,” Anderson said.

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