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UN: 124 million people suffer hunger worldwide

'We can end world hunger by 2030, but not as long as there is conflict.'

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Girls carry containers for food rations at a refugee camp in Ain Issa, Syria October 10, 2017 [Erik De Castro/Reuters]

The number of people around the world who were severely hungry has risen from 80 million in 2015 to 124 million in 2017, a senior UN official said Friday.

Speaking via video conference from Switzerland, UN World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley said starvation peaked worldwide in the last two years mostly because “people won’t stop shooting at each other.”

“The hunger had grown, from 778 million people in 2015 to 815 million in 2016,” he said.

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