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2.7m people displaced by drought in Horn of Africa – WFP

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About 2.7 million people have been displaced in the Horn of Africa as a result of the drought conditions in the region, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has disclosed.
The WFP in a regional situation update report, revealed that 1.7 million people in Somalia, 516,000 people in Ethiopia and 466,000 people in Kenya have been displaced by drought.
According to the report, the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees in drought affected areas of the three countries is exacerbating food insecurity in the region.

“The Horn of Africa region has experienced severe meteorological drought following consecutive seasons of below-normal rainfall since late 2020.

“This has impacted on agriculture, livestock, vegetation, water resources, livelihoods, and grazing resources,” the WFP report said.

The UN agency estimated that prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa region has left 23.4 million people acutely food insecured, and 5.1 million children acutely malnourished.

Earlier this year, the WFP warned that the occurrence of another poor rainy season between March and May 2023 would have devastating consequences for communities across the Horn of Africa region.

It will also be recalled that the World Health Organisation, WHO, in June, warned that  as a result of the growing impacts of climate change, about 60 million people in the Horn of Africa, could be affected by imminent food insecurity.

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