As the famine in Somalia continues, and Canada's aid begins to be put into action, another region in East Africa is facing severe hunger. Southern Ethiopia, normally a fertile area, is experiencing what the U.N. says is the worst drought in 60 years.
According to the Ethiopian government, 250,000 people need food aid. Agricultural officials and aid organizations estimate a much higher number, at around 700,000.
The rains that normally fall from late February to the end of May didn't come this year, leaving the lands infertile. The rain that has fallen was badly timed, preventing crops from growing. If the rains fail again in August, there won't be a harvest in September, leaving the entire region hungry.
Humanitarian groups are urging Canadians to continue donating to relief efforts in East Africa. The Humanitarian Coalition spoke on Parliament Hill yesterday, saying the drought has now put 12 million people at risk of starvation, and that the worst is yet to come, as the drought will likely continue until October. You can give right here.