WHO chief calls Horn of Africa 'worst crisis in the world'

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WHO chief calls Horn of Africa 'worst crisis in the world'

Tedros called it the worst humanitarian crisis in the world with 6 million people unable to access basic services, he questioned why the situation is not getting the same attention as the Ukraine conflict.

Tedros, who is from Tigray, told a virtual media briefing on Wednesday that maybe the reason is the color of the skin of the people. He questioned whether black and white lives in emergencies worldwide are given equal attention, in April of this year.

The crisis caused over 5.1 million displacements in a single year, making it a record for displacements in a single year.

WHO emergencies director Mike Ryan also hit out at a lack of concern about the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa and the ensuing health crisis. Ryan, speaking at a virtual media briefing on Wednesday, said no one seems to give a damn about what's happening in the Horn of Africa. The WHO called for $123.7 million to address health problems resulting from growing malnutrition in the region, where around 200 million people live and millions are going hungry.