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25 March 2017 11:43 (South Africa)

Famine stalks east African region

As a measure of the growing instability in east Africa generally, which includes the impoverished and chaotic Horn of Africa, drought and war have left more than 20 million people in dire need of emergency food aid, according to the UN. Crop and pasture failures caused by delayed rains and dry spells, and often followed by floods, have hit food security in Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Uganda. In conflict-ridden Somalia and Sudan some 3.6 million and 5.9 million people respectively are said to be in need of food aid. A further 3.8 million Kenyans need emergency food assistance, while 6.2 million people in Ethiopia are going hungry. It is not yet clear how the world will respond. Read more: Reuters

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