We are raising our alarm level further by today warning that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations in the Horn of Africa, in Yemen and Nigeria is growing. This warning is in light of the drought situations that you’ve been hearing about that are also affecting many neighboring countries and a funding shortfall that has become so severe. In all some 20 million people in these countries are in areas affected by drought. 4.2 million of them are refugees. Consecutive harvests have failed. Conflict in South Sudan coupled with drought is leading to famine and outflows of refugees. Insecurity in Somalia is leading to rising internal displacement and rates of malnutrition high, especially among children and lactating mothers.