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30 May 2006 description

Yet again, drought has hit the Greater Horn of Africa. The UN estimates that at least 11 million people in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are in crisis, making this the region's worst drought in a decade. The impact has been most severe in pastoral areas on the Ethiopia-Kenya-Somalia border, with reports of malnutrition levels far beyond emergency thresholds, (1) livestock losses of up to 70% (2) and the mass migration of pastoralists in search of water, food, jobs and relief aid.