Hunger in the news
11 February 2009
Herds of animals pull in from all directions, kicking up clouds of dust beneath a baking sun as they converge on a concrete cylinder in the village of Wargadud, north-east Kenya. [...] Aid agencies say that up to 30 per cent of animal stocks in the wider area have perished, while the rest are producing little, if any, milk. "During the day, we don't eat," says Abdullahi Abdi Hussein, 65, the official in charge of the borehole. "We only have one meal a day, when we used to have three." [...] Aid agencies say it is only a matter of time before children and the elderly start perishing from hunger-related illnesses, particularly if the long rains, which generally arrive in March, also fail. "If people become malnourished, their immune system is depressed so they get sick for other reasons and that is what pushes them over the edge," says Peter Smerdon, a Nairobi-based spokesman for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Reliefweb / Deutsche Presse-Agentur