13 million face severe hunger in the Horn of Africa


Kampala, Uganda — According to the United Nations World Food Program, an estimated 13 million people in the Horn of Africa are facing severe hunger due to drought conditions.

People in the region, including Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, are facing the driest conditions recorded since 1981, officials reported Tuesday, providing immediate assistance to prevent major humanitarian crises. I asked.

Drought conditions are affecting pastoral and agricultural communities in southern and southeastern Ethiopia, southeastern and northern Kenya, and central and southern Somalia. Malnutrition rates are high in this area.

WFP says it needs $ 327 million to meet the urgent needs of 4.5 million people over the next six months and enable communities to be more resilient to extreme climate shocks. Said.

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Wheat food was distributed on January 22, 2022, when Michael Dunford, Regional Director of the World Food Program (WFP), visited an internally displaced person’s camp in the Somali region of Ethiopia. (Via Claire Neville / WFP AP)

“Three consecutive rainy season failures have thinned crops and caused unusually high livestock deaths,” it said in a statement. “The lack of water and pasture has driven families out of their homes and increased conflicts between communities.”

More predictions of below-average rainfall could worsen the situation in the coming months, he said.

Others have warned vulnerable areas facing sporadic armed violence.

The UN Children’s Fund said in early February that more than 6 million people in Ethiopia are expected to need urgent humanitarian assistance by mid-March. According to the Somali NGO Consortium, more than 7 million people in neighboring Somalia need urgent help.

Associated Press

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