10 million people affected by worsening drought in Eastern Africa

July 1, 2011KENYA  – More than 10 million people are thought to be affected across the East African region. The UN says that large swathes of northern Kenya and Somalia are now in the “emergency” category, one phase before what is officially classified as famine. “Two consecutive poor rainy seasons have resulted in one of the driest years since 1950/51 in many pastoral zones,” Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told a media briefing this week. “There is no likelihood of improvement until 2012.” Child malnutrition rates in the worst affected areas are more than double the emergency threshold of 15 per cent and are expected to rise further, Byrs said. Of mounting concern to aid agencies is the news that humanitarian appeals for Somalia and Kenya, each for about $525 million, are barely 50 per cent funded. Mr Prasant Naik, Save the Children’s Kenya country director described how “rotting animal carcasses dot the road” across many parts of central and northern Kenya. “Animals desperately seeking water and food are collapsing in exhaustion and the local community cannot clear them fast enough,” he added. “There is not even enough meat left on the carcasses to eat.” The sight of dead camels is particularly significant, Mr Prasant said, because they are prized within pastoralist communities as vital to their livelihoods. With the UN warning that both East and the Horn of Africa have been hit by the worst drought in 60 years, international aid agencies have warned of an alarming gap in the food pipeline to reach those most in need. –Nation.com
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6 Responses to 10 million people affected by worsening drought in Eastern Africa

  1. J Guffey says:

    Oh dear Lord, please have mercy. This is so heart-wrenching to even think about. Time to start deciding best charity to donate through.

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  2. TTB says:

    Places like this show the flaw in our system, no profit equals no quality of life.

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  3. sophia carlson says:

    10 million people!! It breaks my heart and reduces me to tears…God Bless them and keep them….

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  4. Ajebowale says:

    This is what God does for us to pay more attention to the less fortunate. He is watching to see what we would do. He may just decide to flip the coin. Then they will be looking at us

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