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MENA Starving: About 25% of Population On the Brink of Famine | EuBulletin.Com. Food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is worsening very fast because of conflict in a number of countries in the region, the United Nations commented. In the countries that are hit hardest by the conflict – Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya and Sudan – an average of more than a quarter of the population was not sufficiently nourished, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said in its annual report entitled The 2017 Edition of the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa. In the MENA countries directly impacted by conflict, about 27 percent of all people were chronically hungry during 2014-2016.

That is six times more than the share of the population that was undernourished in the countries not directly hit by conflicts. At the same time, “severe food insecurity” – another measure used by FAO to gauge hunger – in conflict-affected countries now is double that in non-conflict countries. Europe’s most fortified border is in Africa. Fortress Italia (Full Length)

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