New UN Report says Nearly 1 Million in West Africa May Go Hungry due to Ebola Restrictions

New UN Report says Nearly 1 Million in West Africa May Go Hungry due to Ebola Restrictions
An UN World Food Program’s staff wearing a t-shirt reading ‘Ebola response’ uses a cellphone during a supplies’ delivery operation in Lester Road in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on November 7, 2014. on November 7, 2014.
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Approximately one million people living in the three West African nations most plagued by the Ebola outbreak—Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone—are at risk of going hungry because of major food shortages due to “border closures, quarantines and crop losses,”Al Jazeera reports.

Two food-monitoring groups, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme, reported these findings on Wednesday.

“The loss of productivity and household income due to Ebola-related deaths and illness as well as people staying away from work, for fear of contagion, is compounding an economic slowdown in the three countries,” both agencies said in a joint statement.

Trying to solve one problem—curbing the spread of Ebola—by restricting people’s movements, inadvertently spurred another: the slowing down of the processes that drove the food markets.

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Source: The Root |