Over 10 million face threat of starvation in Horn of Africa

drought in Africa

drought in Africa

A severe drought in the Horn of Africa is threatening the lives of over 10 million people, according to the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA).

OCHA says child malnutrition has more than doubled in the region where the conflict in Somalia is adding to the hardships caused by drought.

Thousands of Somalis have been forced to flee to overcrowded refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.

OCHA spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told Patrick Maigua that the international community needs to mobilize resources as soon as possible to avoid a "wider disaster" in the region.

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