Millions in east Africa face starvation after worst drought in 60 years

Millions in east Africa face starvation after worst drought in 60 years

By agency reporter
7 Jul 2011

UK-based international development agency Christian Aid is proceeding with an emergency humanitarian appeal to help people across the east and Horn of Africa after two failed rainy seasons have left ten million on the brink of starvation.

Drought and displacement combined with rising global food prices have left Kenya and Ethiopia in particular facing severe food shortages, with the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reporting that the regional situation is the worst food security crisis in the world today.

Some parts of the region are experiencing the driest conditions in 60 years, and Christian Aid says its emergency teams are continuously assessing how best to help local populations.

"The crisis has been building for some time, especially in Kenya and Ethiopia, and is fast escalating across the region," warns Nick Guttmann, Christian Aid’s humanitarian director.

"People are desperate and if we don’t act now we could be looking at one of the worst humanitarian situations the world has seen in a long time," he added.

Christian Aid says funds are urgently needed for life saving measures such as:

· Provision of water for villages experiencing the worst of the drought conditions

· Food for families, malnourished children and pregnant women

· Animal feed to protect livestock that are so crucial to survival.

* To make a donation to Christian Aid’s East Africa Food Crisis Appeal call 08080 004 004 or visit www.christianaid.org.uk/east-africa-appeal

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