Millions face ‘dire hunger’ in the Horn of Africa

Malnourished child

Millions of people in Somalia and the Horn of Africa face a dire hunger crisis unless the international community steps up its efforts to address the  severe food shortages  in the region, according to UN experts.

Shamsul Bari UN Human rights expert on Somalia and Olivier de Schutter UN Expert on the right to food says the international community has adequate financial and material resources to avoid a humanitarian tragedy in the region.

UN High Commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres who visited Ethiopia and Kenya over the weekend has appealed for substantial international response to the crisis.

Adrian Edwards is from UNHCR.

"The condition of recent arrivals, children in particular, has become a matter of increasing concern: One in every two arriving children below five years in age is malnourished. In Dadaab, malnourishment is found in one-in-four children arriving in the primary reception camp at Ifo. In both Ethiopia and Kenya, UNHCR and partners are focusing on screening children and vulnerable individuals without delay to ensure the immediate provision of life-saving food and services."

Over 10 million people are affected by severe food shortages in the Horn of Africa following the regions worst drought in 60 years.

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