Show News July 8, 2011
Horn Of Africa Drought Crisis Now Expected To Affect 10 Million

Update: Just a little over a week ago, we told you about the horn of Africa, and how its experiencing the worst drought it has seen in 60 years. It's been reported that 10 million people are now in crisis, and will require food assistance.

The United Nations' World Food Programme is currently providing food assistance to about 6 million people in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, and eastern Uganda, but it will need to raise an additional $190 million (US) to address the growing hunger needs of the region.

Here are some eye-opening WFP photos that document the struggles of Somali refugees that have fled to surrounding regions. And here is Oxfam International's great write-up about the situation.

If you'd like to donate, you can do so here and here.

Horn Of Africa Experiencing "Worst Drought In 60 Years"
June 28, 2011

Many areas in the horn of Africa are experiencing their worst drought in 60 years. It's so bad many people in Somalia are pouring across the border into Kenya. The charity 'Save the Children' says about 1,300 people are arriving in Kenya daily. And three camps in Dadaab, Kenya, which were built to hold just 90,000 people, are severely overcrowded with upwards of 350,000 people.

The drought has caused big spikes in food prices. The price of grain in Kenya is now 30-80% above average. That kind of increase is taking its toll on many moderately poor families. As you've probably heard by now, George is working with the UN World Food Programme as an Ambassador Against Hunger.

You can help feed people around the world by joining Team Strombo and playing FreeRice, a game that allows you to donate a grain of rice for every trivia question you get right. Play it here.



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