Show News July 13, 2011
UN: African Drought Will Affect 11 Million

Last week, it was reported that 10 million people in East Africa would be affected by the ongoing drought - the worst in 60 years. Well now, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says it could be 11 million. That's especially tough to hear, since the UN World Food Programme is already struggling to feed several hundred thousand refugees seeking food, water and shelter.

The biggest camp is in Dadaab, Kenya. Many people have walked for days or weeks to get there. Children have died along the way. And as of right now, 65,000 children in Kenya alone are at a high risk of dying.

Currently, UN agencies are providing food assistance to six million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, and eastern Uganda. The UN has appealed to the international community for $1.6 billion. So far, it's only received half of that amount. According to Ban Ki-moon, the world needs to move fast or the human cost will be "catastrophic."

Here's how you can help - you can donate to Oxfam International, or to the World Food Programme, who George is working with as Canada's first Ambassador Against Hunger.

CBC News has put together a slideshow of photos from the Horn of Africa. They're worth the look. See them here.



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