The relationship between drought and famine: lessons from the Horn of Africa

2017-09-22 14:42

Historically low rainfalls have led to severe droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. But various solutions exist to mitigate the social and economic impact, writes The Conversation.

1.4m children acutely malnourished in Somalia this year: UN

2017-05-02 14:10

Somalia, hit by drought and on the verge of famine, will count 1.4 million acutely malnourished children by the end of the year, up from late 2016, the UN says.

UN chief arrives on emergency visit to Somalia for famine

2017-03-07 12:05

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has landed in Somalia on what he calls an emergency visit to focus on famine.

How South Sudan's warlords triggered extreme hunger in a land of plenty

2017-03-04 16:36

Nearly half of South Sudan's population could be severely food insecure and at risk of death in the coming months because of the avoidable acts of civil war in a land of plenty, writes Andrew Edward Tchie.

Drought in Somalia: Time is Running Out

2017-02-21 13:00

Four-year-old Safia Adan lies in Baidoa Regional Hospital in southern Somalia with a tube through her nose. She is suffering from severe malnutrition and dehydration.

17 million face hunger in Horn of Africa due to drought

2017-01-30 08:30

With very little rain in the last weeks and none expected for two months, more than 17 million people face hunger in the Horn of Africa, the UN food agency says.

East Africa hunger to worsen as El Nino strikes - UN

2015-11-12 12:35

The number of people going hungry in eastern Africa is rising dramatically, especially in drought-hit Ethiopia, the United Nations says amid conflict as well as floods and failed rains due to El Nino.

Alarming malnutrition in Somali capital

2014-07-28 22:06

The United Nations has reported alarming rates of malnutrition in the Somali capital where aid agencies cannot meet the needs of 350 000 people.

850 000+ Somalis desperately need food

2014-02-19 07:53

More than 850 000 people in Somalia are in desperate need of food and “in crisis and emergency conditions”, the director of the UN humanitarian operations says.

France gives $1.3 for Somalia displaced

2013-01-10 10:26

France has pledged to give $1.3m to help the poorest of the hundreds of thousands of people in southern Somalia forced from their homes by war and famine.


$1.4bn needed to help S Sudanese refugees this year: UN

2017-05-15 12:03

The United Nations says that $1.4 billion is needed this year alone to help the nearly two million people who have fled war and famine in South Sudan.

Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

2017-03-27 16:43

Somalia's drought is threatening three million lives, according to the UN In recent months. Aid agencies have been scaling up their efforts but they say more support is urgently needed to prevent the crisis from worsening.

At least 110 dead from hunger 'in past 48 hours' in drought-hit Somalia

2017-03-04 18:02

Somalia's prime minister says 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region as a severe drought threatens millions of people.

Drought, hunger push Somalis to flee amid fears of famine

2017-02-27 16:38

Thousands of desperate people are streaming into Somalia's capital seeking food as a result of a prolonged drought, overwhelming local and international aid agencies.

Famine declared in South Sudan

2017-02-20 13:41

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation.

Five million Somalis now going hungry

2016-09-21 07:00

Five million Somalis, or more than two out of five people in the country, do not have enough to eat, the UN says, calling for extra funds for food aid.

UN: Somalia aid crisis critical

2015-08-31 15:55

War-torn Somalia remains in a “critical” state four years after a devastating famine, the UN says, noting a sharp rise in those needing food aid.

Somali capital one step short of famine

2014-07-07 14:38

War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency just short of famine, the UN says.

Somali famine killed 258 000 - report

2013-05-02 10:17

Almost 260 000 Somali people died during a brutal famine from 2010 to 2012, more than was feared at the time, a report says.

US pledges $58m for Horn of Africa

2012-10-23 09:21

The US has announced an extra $58m in aid for Horn of Africa countries, lamenting the region’s "fragile" situation with over nine million people in need.

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