The 2015/16 El Niño has badly affected more than 60 million people in East and Southern Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and the Pacific, causing widespread drought and other environmental impacts that threaten human security and endanger achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Although the El Niño weather event has concluded, El Niño-linked food shortages will increase well into 2017, affecting lives and livelihoods.
Many already-vulnerable groups are among those worst affected by El Niño – including women, children, people with disabilities, people living with HIV and AIDS and the urban and rural poor. They must be the focus of our combined efforts to respond to this emergency, and to change our approach to future climate threats.
This video tells the story of a young girl from Southern Africa whose family has been affected by El Niño-linked drought - and what it truly means to not have enough food or water. A lack of food or clean water affects every aspect of a person’s life, including sanitation, health, work, education and even personal safety. Malnutrition-linked growth stunting in childhood can also affect lifelong development and wellbeing.
El Niño-affected communities must not be forgotten. They need immediate and intensified assistance that takes into account long-term impacts. At present another USD 3.1 billion is urgently needed to alleviate suffering and provide life-saving assistance to affected communities.
For more information visitwww.unocha.org/el-nino