David McGuffin on Kenya
- August 26, 2009 1:51 PM |
- By Your Voice
A prolonged drought has put millions of people on the brink of starvation in Kenya and the surrounding region, the United Nations cautioned Tuesday.
Children are beginning to die as a result of crop failures and rising commodity prices, while even electricity in Nairobi has had to be rationed.
"At the moment, about 19 million people are food insecure and need food assistance in the region. That number is going up as we are not expecting any rains until October," said Burke Oberle, the Kenya country director for the UN's World Food Program.
CBC News' Africa correspondent David McGuffin took your questions on the drought. Read his responses.
For more information on the food crisis, visit the World Food Programme website.
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