- An international NGO has warned that Covid-19 could kill more people through lack of food than illness
- Oxfam published a report in which it said that famine is growing around the world
- The organisation also issued a warning to middle income countries like India and South Africa
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The Covid-19 pandemic continues to destroy lives every day. While people die from the virus every day, many others are expected to die from Covid-19-linked hunger.
Major non-profit international organisation Oxfam has warned that as many as 12 000 people across the world could die due to Covid-19 related issues.
Oxfam warned that as millions of people around the globe are being pushed towards hunger and Covid-19 could kill more people from the hunger than illness.
Oxfam said one million people are facing famine in Afghanistan as a result of Covid-19.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Venezuela, the west African Sahel, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Haiti as extreme hunger hotspots.
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The organisation warned that South Africa has joined the list of new crisis areas.
The Oxfam report said:
"Middle-income countries such as India, South Africa, and Brazil are experiencing rapidly rising levels of hunger as millions of people that were just about managing have been tipped over the edge by the pandemic."
News24 reported that a Foundation for Human Rights survey conducted among 127 community-based advice offices during Level 4 and 5 of South Africa's lockdown showed the "most serious implication" felt by respondents was hunger.
Existing problems limiting access to food have become more pronounced during the pandemic.
The report painted a grim picture of South Afroca's rapidly rising food insecurity, flagging a spike in unemployment and loss of income, and slamming retailers that indulged in price gouging.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that the crisis at the South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) has resulted in millions of citizens in the country going hungry.
Former service providers to SASSA have complained of being stranded with warehouses filled with food, but SASSA’s contract crisis meant no community members could benefit.
The agency is also in the process of reviewing millions of applications for the R350 social relief of distress grant (SRD) after rejecting 85% of applications that were later found to be of qualifying criteria.
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