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Famine

Published: 23rd Mar, 2024

Context

Report claims that famine is now imminent in Northern governorates of Gaza.

What is Famine?

  • Famine is essentially a technical term, referring to a population that faces widespread malnutrition and hunger-related deaths due to a lack of access to food. 
  • There is a famine when three conditions come together in a specific geographic area-
    • At least 20 per cent of the population in that particular area are facing extreme levels of hunger;
    • 30 per cent of the children in the same place are wasted, or too thin for their height; and
    • The death – or mortality – rate has doubled, from the average, surpassing two deaths per 10,000 daily for adults and four deaths per 10,000 daily for children.

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