Monday, July 25, 2011

Famine in East Africa and the Horn

Collecting water in Wajir, Kenya. Pastoralist families have been hit especially hard by drought that is killing livestock on which they depend for milk, meat and income. Colin Crowley/Save the Children

Oxfam released on 20 July, 2011 a policy paper on the food crisis in East Africa and the Horn (PDF).

It concludes that the region is facing the worst food crisis of the 21st century. Parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are particularly affected. The drought comes on top of a deeper crisis of poverty and marginalization. Oxfam concluded that the international donor response to the crisis has been slow and inadequate.

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