Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa

Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa

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More than 18 million people face severe hunger in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya as they struggle to survive the worst drought in 40 years. UMCOR is responding to this unfolding crisis.

By Christie R. House
September 14, 2022 | ATLANTA

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is actively supporting efforts in East Africa to alleviate hunger brought on by a severe drought in the region. Emergency grants to partners in East African countries are providing for the most basic needs for people who left everything behind as their food, agriculture and livestock failed.

Hussein, an elderly father of eight, and his family recently arrived at a camp for displaced people in Beled-Hawa, Somalia. “The people left behind, they have no chance,” he said. “It is just a matter of time until they die. Even here we might die because we have nothing.” The number of people facing crisis hunger levels in Somalia is expected to rise from 5 million to more than 7 million in the coming months.

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