Famine Strikes Eastern Africa Amid Worst Drought in 60 Years

What has caused the East Africa crisis?

In July, the lack of rainfall, food shortages, and a massive refugee exodus in Eastern Africa prompted the UN to declare a famine in parts of Somalia. Amid the worst drought in 60 years, thousands have fled into neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya, where Dadaab has become the largest refugee camp in the world.  According to the World Food Programme, 1.3 million people are in need of food assistance as a result of conflict, drought, and rising food prices in the region.

While UNICEF, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), the UK Disasters Emergency Committee, and other organizations are attempting to provide aid to those at Dadaab and other refugee camps as well as people remaining in drought-affected areas, the influx of refugees as well as conflict in Somalia have proven challenging. Nearly 3,000 new refugees arrive at camps in Ethiopia and Kenya each day after walking for hundreds of miles and often losing family members to hunger along the way.

Read more about the famine and how you can help on CNN International.

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  • Reply Famine relief update. « Mocha Club Blog January 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    […] most severe drought in 60 years has been threatening the lives of more than 11 million people – especially young children […]

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