Black People : Worst Drought in 60 Years Hits 10 Million in East Africa

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    Published on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 by Agence France-Presse

    Worst Drought in 60 Years Hits 10 Million in East Africa

    by Hui Min Neo
    GENEVA — Ten million people in the Horn of Africa have been hit by the worst drought in 60 years, with some areas on the verge of famine and thousands on the march in search of food and water, the UN said on Tuesday.
    [​IMG] A displaced Somali woman awaits humanitarian assistance from local residents in southern Mogadishu, Somalia. Ten million people in the Horn of Africa have been hit by the worst drought in 60 years, with some areas on the verge of famine and thousands on the march in search of food and water, the UN said on Tuesday. (Photograph: Mustafa Abdi/AFP/Getty Images) A poor rainy season coupled with rising food prices have led to severe food shortages in countries including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.
    Cattle and sheep are dying at higher rates than usual, reaching up to 60 percent of mortality in some areas.
    "Over 10 million people are affected by the drought in one way or other," said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
    "We believe that the drought situation in certain regions is the worst in 60 years," she said.
    "In some areas the situation is close to that of famine. We are at the emergency stage which precedes that of famine. But the situation can still evolve," she added.
    Food prices are soaring with grain prices in some parts of
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    U.N.: Horn of Africa Hunger Crisis to Worsen



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    The United Nations is warning the number of people needing food aid in the hunger crisis gripping the Horn of Africa stands to sharply rise over the coming months. Aeneas Chuma, the U.N.’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Kenya, said more than a million additional Kenyans will need aid by September.

    Aeneas Chuma: "The food beneficiary population is expected to increase from the current 2.4 million, and the mid-season Kenya Food Security Steering Group assessment, conducted in May, indicates that up to 3.5 million people will need food assistance in the coming months."
    Around 11.6 million people are going hungry in the Horn of Africa region, which includes parts of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Areas of southern Somalia are enduring a famine, with one in 10 children at risk of starving to death. In the Somali capital of Mogadishu, a recently displaced resident described her family’s ordeal.

    Mumino Moallim: "I fled from drought, and I do not have anything to eat, because my children are sleeping on the ground from hunger and disease. We get only one meal from the feeding center near our camp, and it is not enough for our children and us."

    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/7/27/headlines#1

    and Kwame Nkhurmah, Jom Kenyatta, Patrice Lumumba Julius Nyere, Stephen Biko, Dr Clarke, knew darn well that this kind of thing wouldnever happen if there was real Pan Africanism and unity among the 50 plus nations
     
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