On the brink of starvation

Be on the brink of sth

To be in a situation where something bad is going to happen very soon:

The two countries are on the brink of war.

Cambridge Dictionary

1 Millions of children face starvation in Yemen warns United Nations – BBC News

26 jun. 2020

There’s a stark warning tonight that millions of children in Yemen could be pushed to “the brink of starvation” unless international aid is dramatically stepped up. It comes from UNICEF, the United Nations children’s organisation. 
Yemen faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with the coronavirus pandemic compounding the effect of five years of civil war. 
Houthi rebels backed by Iran have been fighting Yemen’s government. It is backed by a Saudi-led coalition which is supported by the US and the UK. 
2 million of Yemen’s children are malnourished, and 1.7 million have been forced to flee their homes. A child dies every 10 minutes from a preventable disease. 
Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen.

2 ‘We’re starving to death’: City of Maracaibo symbolises Venezuela’s collapse

22 apr. 2020

The western city of Maracaibo used to be Venezuela’s affluent oil capital. But today, it’s a place of hardship and hunger. Facing hyperinflation, corruption, penniless public services, crime and chronic shortages, the city has become a symbol of the country’s wider economic collapse. Eating has become a luxury. Due to a lack of medical care, the lives of children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases are slowly slipping away. In this 26-minute documentary, our reporter Roméo Langlois bring us a heart-wrenching account of the depths of human suffering.

3 Yemen’s civil war: children on the brink of starvation | Unreported World

1 nov. 2017

Yemen: Britain’s forgotten war: Yemen an extremely distressing place. Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, fight the Yemeni President, who is backed by a Saudi led coalition of countries. The fighting, and in particular, the bombing of key transport links has led to severe food shortages and malnutrition. Krishnan Guru-Murthy went to see the extent of it last year, and be warned there are distressing images of starving children in this report.

This episode was first aired on 30/09/2016.

4 Hamster Powered Hot Dog BBQ

23 mei 2011

Smart but cruel hot dog vendor invented a machine that uses a little hamster running on a wheel to rotate his hotdogs. When the machine seemingly breaks down, he shakes the hamster box violently, scaring the victims of the prank who urge him to stop hurting the hamster!
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