(TargetLiberty.org) – It’s been a tough year for people in virtually every corner of the globe. From rising inflation to the ever-present COVID-19 pandemic, more people are now struggling than ever before. The United Nations (UN) says that isn’t likely to change in 2022; instead, the situation will likely worsen.
UN Makes Worrisome Prediction
The UN-run Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released its annual Global Humanitarian Overview for 2022 on December 2. It believes the need for humanitarian aid will continue to rise over the next year, leaving up to 274 million people in such dire straits they’ll need support just to avoid outright famine. That’s a 17% increase over 2021.
Results were particularly damning for developing countries and areas of the world facing continued unrest. Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Ethiopia and DRC, where extreme poverty and unrest continue to cause immense suffering, drew the most concern.
Global increase in people needing humanitarian assistance.#AFPgraphics comparison between people in need in 2021 and those projected to be in need in 2022, according to the Global Humanitarian Overview 2022 pic.twitter.com/1A2oMHr6le
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) December 2, 2021
Of particular concern is the fact that OCHA admits providing aid to so many people simply isn’t sustainable in the long-term. In fact, UN Aid Chief Martin Griffiths claims the need for assistance is higher than ever before recorded in the history of the UN.
The UN and its many partner organizations, ranging from grassroots groups to local governments, plan to specifically target and campaign for enough money to help at least 183 million people. It expects these endeavors to cost at least $41 billion. Efforts will be diversified across a variety of critical hot-button issues in an attempt to address immediate needs.
The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. As the virus continues to mutate and evolve, people living in the poorest countries often still lack access to reliable vaccines. Others have been left without work and struggle to survive. The Global Humanitarian Overview states that it will prioritize fixing the slow vaccine rollout and addressing local impacts in hard-hit regions.
Food insecurity exists at some level in nearly every corner of the globe, including the United States. In Madagascar, South Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Somalia, which are currently experiencing outright famines, the situation is much worse. The UN expects up to 283 million people will face acute food insecurity in 2022. Getting food to the needy will be critical.
Conflict touches virtually every aspect of daily life, especially when chronic. From the destabilization of the Middle East to ongoing issues with violence in countries such as Burkina Faso, DRC, Somalia, civilians continue to suffer side effects such as displacement, injury, famine, and inability to access aid. Explosive weapons, such as land mines, remain a top concern, as does ensuring humanitarian workers have safe access.
Climate change is also a priority for OCHA, the UN, and a long list of other international humanitarian aid organizations in response to rising concerns about displacement, natural disasters, and other side effects. In fact, the new report predicts as many as 216 million people may be forced to leave their homes in the near future. This is exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and conflicts in regions such as West Africa and Ethiopia.
With the need for humanitarian aid growing, calls for donations and support will become even more critical. Yet, many of the very same people who so quickly donated to charity in previous years find themselves without the means to continue donating due to inflation and loss of employment.
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