El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are home to at least 9.3 million people in need.
They are facing a challenging reality due to humanitarian impacts related to disasters and the effects of climate change, including the impact of La Niña, high food insecurity, recurring violence plus lack of basic services such as health and education.
“These issues come against a common backdrop of structural poverty, inequality, economic challenges and limited emergency response capacities,” said Ramesh Rajasingham, Head and Representative of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “Such conditions are driving more and more people in Northern Central America to move within and across borders. Moreover, people on the move from all over the continent and, in fact, the world, are now regularly crossing through the sub-region.”
There are at least 7.8 million people experiencing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse levels of food insecurity across the three countries. Some 3.4 million people require water, sanitation and hygiene assistance and 1.25 million people have education needs, while 4.8 million people have protection needs, including from gender-based violence (GBV).