Millions Face Starvation in East Africa as Drought and Famine Worsen

FILE PHOTO: Famine Early Warning System Network in Africa (FEWS NET) scientist Chris Shitote examines a dry water hole in Kilifi county, Kenya, February 16, 2022. Picture taken February 16, 2022. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

Drought and famine in East Africa threaten millions with starvation. Dry conditions aren’t uncommon for the region, but over the last few years, things have gotten worse.

Every Child Ministries works in the Karamoja region of Uganda. Mark Luckey says, “Probably half a million people right now are experiencing starvation, food insecurity, etc. That is about 40 percent of the population in Karamoja. They have suffered from an armyworm infestation that has affected many crops.”

When kids live through famine conditions, it can affect them for the rest of their lives, Luckey says. “Malnutrition will have long-term effects. Even if the kid survives, that’s a critical time for brain development.”

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A conflict between farmers and nomadic groups in the region has also made food production more difficult. Luckey says. “A lot of them are still raising cattle and moving around. Historically, there’s been a lot of insecurity with cattle raids and so on. That drives people away from their crops.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Pray the work of ECM in Karamoja will reveal the love of Jesus.

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