17 million face hunger in Horn of Africa due to drought

No food across broad swaths of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda

Drought in Somalia January 2017 (Screen capture: YouTube)
Drought in Somalia January 2017 (Screen capture: YouTube)

ROME — With very little rain in the last weeks and none expected for two months, more than 17 million people face hunger in the Horn of Africa, the UN food agency warned Sunday.

Severe drought since the failure of October-December rains is ravaging Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said in a statement.

“The time to act is now,” said Maria Helena Semedo, a FAO deputy director-general.

“The drought situation in the region is extremely worrying, primarily in almost all of Somalia but also across southern and south-eastern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya.

“As a consequence, with the next rains at least eight weeks away and the next main harvest not until July, millions are at risk of food insecurity across the region,” Semedo said.

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