The war between Russia and Ukraine still shows no signs of a truce. This prolonged conflict is slowly bringing a very bad impact on the world. The United Nations (UN) has issued a new warning about the war between Russia and Ukraine. The people affected by it are estimated at 1.6 billion.
According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as reported by AFP, Thursday (9/6/2022), war has the potential to unleash an unprecedented wave of hunger and poverty. This condition will leave social and economic chaos.
Antonio said, “The impact of war on food, energy, and financial security is systemic, severe, and accelerating.”
Guterres said that while this year’s food crisis was about lack of access, next year it could be because of a real shortage of food.
“There is only one way to stop this ‘storm’, the Russian invasion of Ukraine must end,” he stressed.
The head of the world body said he had asked his colleagues to help reach an agreement that would allow exports of food produced by Ukraine to be safely and securely shipped via the Black Sea and unhindered access to global markets for Russian food and fertilizer.
“This deal is important for hundreds of millions of people in developing countries, including in sub-Saharan Africa,” Guterres said.
Meanwhile, the UN report said an estimated 94 countries, home to about 1.6 billion people, will be affected by the crisis caused by the war.
“Of the 1.6 billion, 1.2 billion or three-quarters of them live in ‘perfect storm’ countries which are highly exposed and vulnerable to all three dimensions of finance, food, and energy simultaneously,” he added.
The report also said that war could increase the number of people who are food insecure by 47 million by 2022, bringing it to 323 million by the end of the year.
It is estimated that up to 58 million more Africans may fall into poverty this year.
Extreme poverty in the Middle East and North Africa could increase by 2.8 million people by 2022, while in South Asia 500 million people are at risk.
“Real efforts must be made to ensure essential supplies of food and energy reach the most vulnerable,” the report said.