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Drought in east Africa prompts calls to address humanitarian emergency

Charities launch biggest ever campaigns to tackle ’creeping disaster’ in Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia

Wednesday 6 July 2011, by Xan Rice

Aid agencies have launched multimillion-pound appeals to address a mounting humanitarian emergency in east Africa, where severe drought and high food prices have left 10 million people requiring assistance.

Two successive failed rainy seasons in 12 months have led to the driest year since 1951 in some pastoralist regions of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. Hunger levels have jumped sharply, with rates of severe malnutrition rising as high as five times the emergency threshold. The drought has also decimated livestock, while cereal prices have soared.


Source: The Guardian

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