“Hunger is on their doorstep…” East African countries are facing their worst crisis in 40 years. 22 million people are at risk

Against the background of hostilities, drought and instability on the Eurasian continent, the countries on the Horn of Africa are already beginning to face dire consequences – famine has begun in the region, CBN NEWS reports.

Famine, the likes of which has not been seen in the last 40 years, has engulfed a number of regions in Africa. Drought, COVID-19 and the aftermath of the bombing of Ukraine have created dire conditions for the eastern part of the African continent.

Somalia and neighboring countries in the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia and Kenya, are facing an unprecedented drought.

“This is the worst drought in more than 40 years of records in the region,” explained Alex Marianelli of the World Food Program.

On average, one person dies of hunger every 48 seconds in the Horn of Africa region.
“Due to the drought, many water sources have dried up,” said Vafaa Saeed Abdelatef, UNICEF spokesman. “Many wells also dried up.”

Harvest failures put about 22 million people at risk of starvation, according to the UN. Most people at risk are farmers trying to grow food, if only to feed their families.

“People will be forced to flee in search of food,” warned Rain Paulsen of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. “They will have to look for ways to survive and obviously this entails migration, which will cost the lives of many of them.”

In Somalia alone, about eight million people or half the population, face famine. One in three children suffer from chronic malnutrition.

“In the past few days, I have been shocked to the core by the level of pain and suffering many Somalis are going through. Hunger is on their doorstep,” said Martin Griffiths, head of the UN Humanitarian Office.

“As if the drought and the effects of the pandemic weren’t enough, the situation is exacerbated by the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine,” Joseph Kamara of World Vision Kenya.

Before the war, Somalia imported 90% of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine, while Ethiopia imported 42%. Kenya, which also imports oil, iron, steel and fertilizer from Russia and Ukraine, imports 44% of its wheat from both countries.

“Supplies abruptly stopped with the outbreak of war. The result: skyrocketing prices for almost everything. It really affected us, especially food prices,” Richard, a Nairobi resident, told CBN News. “It also affected the cost of fuel.”

At the end of August, the first ship with Ukrainian grain moored to the Horn of Africa, from which about 23,000 tons of wheat were shipped.
“That’s enough to feed 1.5 million people for one month,” said Alex Marianelli of the World Food Programme.

However, food safety experts say this is a drop in the bucket given the crisis facing millions across the Horn of Africa.

Source: «У них на пороге голод…» Страны восточной Африки столкнулись с тяжелейшим кризисом за 40 лет. Под угрозой жизни 22 миллионов человек – ВО СВЕТЕ (inlight.news)