Crisis in Horn of Africa continues to worsen

Newly-arrived refugees at the Dagahaley refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Reuters/THOMAS MUKOYA, courtesy - AlertNet

A prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa region continues to push people from their homes in search of food and water, furthering the humanitarian crisis in the region.

"The situation across the Horn of Africa this year has really deteriorated in terms of food security and that has caused a deterioration in nutritional security as well," said Kristen Knutson, spokeswoman for the UN's humanitarian affairs office in Ethiopia.

The risk of diseases in the region has increased, including malaria and cholera. In Ethiopia alone, 8.8 million people are at risk for malaria and 5 million for cholera, and the risk is not confined to the refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs).

In Somalia, where up until recently al Shabaab had banned any food aid, child malnutrition has doubled since March. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the levels are now the highest in the world.

For more information, see AlertNet’s coverage of the crisis.

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