2.7 Million Persons Displaced In Horn of Africa Region

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Cindy Macain

Africa – July 17th – Mediaage NG – An estimated 2.7 million persons have been displaced by drought conditions in the Horn of Africa region, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has said. This include 1.7 million individuals in Somalia, 516,000 in Ethiopia and 466,000 in Kenya displaced by the drought.

In a regional situation update report, the WFP said the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees in drought affected areas of the three countries is exacerbating food insecurity in the region.

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“The Horn of Africa region has experienced severe meteorological drought following consecutive seasons below-normal rainfall since late 2020, it said.
“This has impacted on agriculture, livestock, vegetation, water resources, livelihoods and grazing resources,” the WFP report added.

The United Nations agency estimated that prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa region has left 23.4 million people in acute food insecurity, 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.

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