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‘Explosion of child deaths’ is about to happen in the Horn of ...

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‘Explosion of child deaths’ is about to happen in the Horn of Africa

Millions of head of cattle and crops lost due to climate change, with Ukraine war and Covid-19 worsening crisis

Simon Marks and Mohammed Omar Ahmed

A hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa region is intensifying, with the lives of hundreds of thousands of children increasingly at risk, the UN, aid agencies and government officials have warned. 

More than 1.7-million children in parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya urgently need treatment for acute malnutrition, according to Unicef. In Somalia about 7.1-million people — almost half the population — will confront crisis-level food insecurity or worse until at least September and 213,000 of them face catastrophic hunger and starvation, according to the Famine Early Warning Network and the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. 

The crisis was sparked by four consecutive rainy seasons failing in two years, with weather forecasts suggesting water shortages won’t abate before year-end at the earliest. Thousands of farmers have lost their crops and animals, and rural communities are being torn apart as families migrate in search of food and grazing...

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