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16 Oct 2009 description
report Merlin

To mark World Food Day, Merlin is calling on the international community to step up support to help the drought-affected communities in the region weather the crisis.

An extended drought, failing crops and the escalating need for food support in East Africa has tipped the delicate balance of food security in the region, putting millions of people at greater risk of malnutrition and disease. Currently at eight million, the number of people in need of food support is expected to reach 12 million.

Clean water sources are also steadily diminishing allowing diseases to gain ground.