East Africa drought crisis

East Africa is facing its worst drought in 60 years.  Two failed rainy seasons have led to parts of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda facing their driest year since 1951.  The combination of drought and high food prices has left 10 million people needing help.

It is estimated that around 2.5 million people require aid in Somalia, 3.2 million require assistance in Ethiopia, 600,000 in Uganda, 120,000 in Djibouti and 3.5 million people require humanitarian aid in Kenya.

Around 1,300 Somalis a day are crossing the Kenyan border to join the Dadaab refugee camp.  The camp is already the largest in the world with 350,000 residents.

In the UK a group of humanitarian agencies have launched a joint appeal to help the 10 million people affected by the drought.  A coalition of agencies in Canada have also launched a similar appeal.

The UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) will broadcast a televised appeal on Friday to try to raise support for the millions affected by the draught.  To visit the Disasters Emergency Committee website please click here.

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