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'Deliberately weaponised' Public urged to sign letter to stop hunger being used as a weapon in war zones

There are now 41 million people facing emergency levels of hunger; that’s more than eight times the population of Ireland currently on the precipice of starvation.”

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THESE striking images of food made to look like deadly weapons are part of a campaign to draw attention to how hunger is killing people in war zones.

Concern Worldwide is urging the public to support its new calling on global leaders to end conflict-driven hunger and famine by signing an open letter to global leaders.

“In 2021, there should be no place for famine or hunger in the world, yet it is happening, and conflict is the main driver,” said Chief Executive Dominic MacSorley said.

While conflict is typically associated with guns and weaponry, the Nothing Kills Like Hunger Campaign shows that in most conflicts, children are more likely to die as a result of hunger and related diseases than fighting.

“Over the last five years acute food insecurity – the most urgent form of hunger – has been increasing, and while Covid-19 and climate change are accelerators, the single greatest driver is conflict.”

“There are now 41 million people facing emergency levels of hunger; that’s more than eight times the population of Ireland currently on the precipice of starvation.”

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“In conflict zones around the world, hunger is being deliberately weaponised by warring parties, with crops and livestock destroyed, access to markets cut off, and civilians denied access to food.”

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Concern Worldwide was established in 1968 to mobilise the Irish public’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Biafra, where up to two million people died of hunger in a brutal conflict.

Coinciding with Ireland’s term on the UN Security Council, Concern is urging the public to sign an open letter to global leaders calling on them to guarantee humanitarian aid to those on the brink of famine, break the cycle between conflict and hunger and stop hunger being used as a weapon.

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The public can read and sign the letter at concern.net/nklh.

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