Submitted by: Global Impact
Posted: Jul 21, 2011 – 11:55 AM EST
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jul. 21 /CSRwire/ - Chronic food insecurity has spiraled into a massive humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, where today more than 10 million people are in acute need of assistance. Seasonal rains have failed for the past two or three years, hitting hard in communities already severely affected by poverty, climate change, conflict, and skyrocketing food and fuel prices. Many very poor people, including pastoralists whose herds have been devastated by drought, have been forced to sell their few assets in order to buy food.
The situation, affecting large parts of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda, is only expected to deteriorate at least until next year, with some areas experiencing the worst drought in 60 years and no sign of resumed rains in sight.
Some 1,300 refugees a day, the vast majority from war-torn Somalia, are pouring into the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya - now the world's largest such site, with more than 376,000 displaced people in three camps originally designed for 90,000. Many refugees arrive severely malnourished; the global acute malnutrition rate among children under 5 in the camps ranges from 15 to 24 percent.
The people of the Horn of Africa have long struggled against enormous odds to feed their families but their suffering has reached new levels in the face of crippling droughts.
Many of Global Impact's 58 U.S. based international charities are positioned to respond.
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