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A triple crisis
Time is running out for the Horn of Africa, hit by the combined impact of failed harvests and global increases in the price of food.
With millions facing hunger and destitution, ActionAid is warning that the region is now reaching a tipping point with increasing numbers of people unable to cope. Altogether five countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti- are affected. If nothing is done, the situation could easily become catastrophic.
In Ethiopia, the government estimates that 4.6 million people need emergency food aid.
The number of people affected by prolonged
droughts in nine countries in East Africa has double since January, despite
a recent week of rain.
Over 11 million people across Eritrea, Djibouti, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Somaliland, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi are now in need of assistance up from an estimated 5 million in January.
Hundreds of people, and tens of thousands of livestock have already died, destroying lives and livelihoods
One of the worst affected countries, Kenya, has over 8 million people in need of food, and this number is rising.