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Monthly Updates: Explaining the Current Drought in East Africa

September 15, 2011

September Update:

Over the past months, despite continued coverage and relief efforts, the situation in the Horn of Africa has worsened.  Famine and drought continues to ravage the area, while humanitarian relief is working desperately to reach those in need.  The number of Somali refugees into Kenya was 152,734, while 78,476 sought refuge in Ethiopia.  The relief is 62% funded, still lacking almost $1 billion in for the relief effort.

For the full length of updates for September, view the UN Office for Coordination on Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Horn of Africa crisis: Information Sharing for Better Humanitarian Action slide show.

August Update:

Update: July 25 from UN OCHA

News Sources of Interest from ReSAKSS-Eastern & Central Africa:

Famine in the horn of Africa

As you might be aware, the horn of Africa region which includes kenya Somalia, Ethiopia is facing a severe famine, the worst in 60 years according to the UN. The results have been catastrophic with acute malnutrition among children; loss of livelihoods and thousands of lives being lost daily.

Updated Drought Information in East Africa (July 20, 2011).

OCHA | Eastern Africa: Drought – Humanitarian Snapshot as of 20 Jul 2011

A new guide has been released, explaining the drought consequences in the Horn of Africa.  The guide explains that 10 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, with the area predicted to experience an emergency in food security from July – September 2011.  Inflation of prices and vast lack of precipitation among other problems are explained in the guide.  This tool was developed by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNet), and the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

UPDATES (7/7/11):

BBC NEWS – Africa drought refugees ‘barely alive’ after trek  (VIDEO)

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation –  Kenya PM appeals for UK help over drought

June 20, 2010 Information on Drought:

Infographics explaining the Eastern Africa drought.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rev.Robert S.M.Bimba permalink
    June 29, 2011 4:54 pm

    It is sad to hear that 10 million of us will have food shortage at this point when we in Africa
    are working to scale up food security.I pray that God step in now.

    Rev.Robert S.M.Bimba


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