UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – United Nations aid chiefMark Lowcock said on Tuesday he would use $100 million from theworld body’s emergency fund to help seven countries try to avertfamine fueled by conflict, spiraling economies, climate changeand the COVID-19 pandemic.Some $30 million will be spent in Yemen, $15 million each inAfghanistan and northeast Nigeria, $7 million each in SouthSudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo and $6 million inBurkina Faso. Lowcock said $20 million had also been set asidein anticipation of a worsening situation in Ethiopia. “The prospect of a return to a world in which famines arecommonplace would be heart wrenching and obscene in a worldwhere there is more than enough food for everyone. Faminesresult in agonizing and humiliating deaths,” Lowcock said. “Their impact on a country is devastating and long lasting,”he said in a statement. Nearly $500 million has been paid into the U.N. CentralEmergency Response Fund in 2020. It is used to enable the worldbody to respond quickly to new humanitarian crises orunderfunded emergencies without having to wait for earmarkeddonations.
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