Monday, July 4, 2011

Rain continues to evade the Horn of Africa

Al Jazeera English: "The Horn of Africa is no stranger to dry spells, but this year has been exceptional where the worst drought in 60 years is affecting Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda.

The British government is now promising to lead the world's response with a $60 million contribution - a donation estimated to be enough to feed 1.3 million people for three months.

Andrew Mitchell, the secretary of International Development, says this would include 329,000 malnourished children and mothers.

The problems of the drought are being compounded by the conflict in Somalia, which has hampered aid efforts inside the country."