Millions face hunger in Horn of Africa due to drought

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A woman and a boy walk past dead goats near Dhahar in Puntland, north-eastern Somalia, on December 15, 2016.

ROME – With very little rain in the past weeks and none expected for two months, more than 17-million people face hunger in the Horn of Africa, the UN food agency warned on Sunday.

Severe drought since the failure of October-December rains is ravaging Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) said in a statement.

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"The time to act is now,", said Maria Helena Semedo, a FAO deputy director-general. "The drought situation in the region is extremely worrying, primarily in almost all of Somalia but also across southern and south-eastern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya.

"As a consequence, with the next rains at least eight weeks away and the next main harvest not until July, millions are at risk of food insecurity across the region", Semedo said.


 

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