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21 Feb 2006 description

Roughly 11 million people are currently threatened with starvation in Eastern Africa. "These people have waited two years for rain to fall, and cannot wait any longer," says Kari Øyen.

The region has been affected by serious drought since late 2005 when the short rainy season failed, leaving water reserves dry and forcing the population to ration the little water they have available yet more strictly. The crisis stretches across large areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.