Warn about the need for food aid for the Horn of Africa | News
The Agency of the United Nations Organization for Refugees (Acnur) warned of the urgency of humanitarian assistance for millions of people in the Horn of Africa due to one of the most intense droughts in recent years.
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"A climate catastrophe is unfolding in the Horn of Africa. With no immediate end in sight for one of the longest and most severe droughts on record, we are asking for US$137 million to provide life-saving assistance," the agency said.
For her part, the organization's spokeswoman, Olga Sarrado, added that this region, in addition to the climate crisis, is the site of several conflicts that have forced millions of people to move in search of safety, food and assistance, to and from areas affected by drought.
A climate catastrophe is unfolding in the Horn of Africa.
With no immediate end in sight to one of the longest and most severe droughts on record, we appeal for US$137 million to provide life-saving aid.
— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees)
February 28, 2023
In this sense, Sarrado explained that there are about eight million people who need food in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya and of that total, more than 330,000 are at risk of death from starvation.
The official also explained that eight out of ten refugees are women and children, which places them in a greater state of vulnerability.
He also pointed out that the lack of rainfall and the conflict in Somalia could cause thousands of people to seek refuge in various regions, such as Baidoa and Mogadishu, where the United Nations (UN) considers that by July 2023 the figures for 300,000 refugees.
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