New analysis released today by Hungry for Action reveals that an estimated 18.3 million people have died globally from hunger since the Ethiopia famine in 1984. The deaths equate to over 1,000 a day, or the equivalent of the populations of London and New York combined. 217 million people have died due to hunger related diseases in the same period.
The new figures come as Hungry for Action, an alliance of charities including Save the Children, The One Campaign and Global Citizen, releases its new interactive virtual reality (VR) film, bringing to life the devastating consequences of hunger and climate change. ‘On the Brink’ is being officially launched on the 25th of January by photographer and director Misan Harriman and UN Goodwill Ambassador, activist and model Sabrina Dhowre Elba.
‘On the Brink’ was shot in drought-devastated communities in Somaliland last year, where years of failed rains, conflict and rising food prices have plunged millions into poverty. It tells the stories of Ayan, who lost her four-year-old son to malnutrition, and Faisa, whose one-year-old grandson died from hunger related illnesses.
Using advanced 360 technology and a process of photogrammetry, the production creates interactive scenes by stitching together thousands of pictures to make this a fully immersive experience, taking audiences inside the same Save the Children-supported intensive care ward for severely malnourished children visited by Misan Harriman in 2022.
Save the Children Ambassador and photographer Misan Harriman, who is an advocate for ending the global hunger crisis, said:
“For millions of people to be on the brink of famine 40 years after the world said ‘never again’ to the horrors in Ethiopia breaks my heart. There’s no doubt that climate change is driving and exacerbating the global hunger crisis and affecting the poorest communities year after year – from drought, to floods, to conflict – people are enduring so much, and children are bearing the brunt.”
Sabrina Dhowre Elba, Activist, UN Goodwill Ambassador and chair of Global Citizen’s Europe board said:
“It’s heartbreaking that in a world where there is enough food for everyone, children are begging for food as they become weaker by the day. Children should not have to suffer like this. I hope this film will make this crisis feel less remote and compel people to learn more and unite in action.”