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10 July 2011

Four-year-old Hussein Musa sits propped against his mother in a thatch-roofed hut, in a section cordoned off under a scorching sun to mark those with the worst symptoms. (..) Across the Horn of Africa, a fierce drought is forcing more than 10 million people to rely on emergency food aid, up from a previous forecast of six million, according to the U.N. World Food Programme.


9 July 2011

Some 60 babies are dying each day in one camp. (..) The British government has pledged £38m to the World Food Programme (enough to feed 1.3 million people for three months), and the European Commission has said it is sending $8m (£4.8m) in emergency funding to Dadaab, having already contributed nearly $100m to the drought crisis this year.


9 July 2011

(..) WFP's Rose Ogola says they are expecting the number of people in need of relief food to increase following low rainfall.


8 July 2011

East Africa is in the midst of its worst drought in more than 60 years, with as many as 10 million people at risk. (..) Rainfall in the Horn of Africa has declined steadily over the past 10 years, according to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), but recent years have been especially dry.


8 July 2011

it is more like a city than a refugee camp. (..) Beyond the fences of the camp, the drought has ravaged many more lives – an estimated 10 million people will need food assistance, according to the UN World Food Programme. But not everybody has been enthusiastic about this weekend's appeal for funds by the Disasters Emergency Committee.


8 July 2011

Every day 1,000 Somalis stream across the Kenyan border to Dadaab, which is full to bursting with 367,000 people and already constitutes the largest refugee settlement in the world. (..) Would that other donors gave as much, even if that sum may only fund the World Food Programme operation in the country until September.


8 July 2011

Food and relief agencies are appealing to the international community to provide political and financial support to combat a devastating drought gripping five countries in the Horn of Africa. The Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Program and the Oxfam aid organization issued a joint appeal Friday for assistance in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.


7 July 2011

The lives of half a million children in the Horn of Africa are at risk, international aid agencies said on Friday, as the worst drought in decades forces thousands of people to flee their homes each day. (..) In Ethiopia, the WFP anticipates 3.5 million people will be hit by the drought and anticipates an equal number of people to have been affected in Kenya by August.


7 July 2011

The US-funded famine early warning system, set up in the wake of the 1984-5 crisis in Ethiopia and aimed at preventing drought and conflict from causing starvation, has been sounding the alarm for months. (..) The World Food Programme said on Friday it needed $477m to see it through a crisis affecting up to 10m people.


7 July 2011

Frequent droughts are causing a share of Kenya’s cattle herders to abandon their longstanding tradition of livestock farming in favour of growing crops, in an effort to increase their income. (..) To cope with the changing conditions, the government, in partnership with the World Food Programme, has developed a programme called Njaa Marufuko Kenya (Kenya Hunger Halt).