East Africa On The Brink Of Famine: Report

March 19, 2023 8:20 am19 commentsViews: 201

Disasters Emergency Committee has called on for urgent fund appeal for about 16 million east African people who are facing hunger on massive scale.

United Kingdom has confirmed to be match-funding the first 5 million pounds donated to the appea by the public.

Drought is acute across Somalia, southern and south eastern Ethiopia as well as northern and coastal Kenya.

South Sudan has declared famine and about 100,000 people in the country are already facing starvation due to years of war and collapsing economy.

About 6.2 million people in in Somalia is on the brink of famine, warns United Nations.

Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed has declared too the drought as a national disaster. The country was struck with worst famine six years ago and about 260,000 people died.

In last two seasons the country has seen no rains and this has widened drought, hunger as well as malnutrition.

Ethiopia too is worried about the severe drought amid failed recovery from devastating effect of El Nino weather condition of 2015 and 2016. Millions of Ethiopians are in urgent need of help.

“I was recently in Ethiopia’s Somali region, where I saw the devastating impact this drought is having on people’s lives, livestock and livelihoods. We must act. Time lost means lives lost,” said Stephen O’Brien, the UN emergency relief coordinator and under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs.


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