UN Says World Must Help East Africa through Drought

The United Nations says the world needs to do more to address an East African drought. Over 21 million people in the region experience food insecurity, but the U.N. response plan only has 50 percent of its funding.

The drought has affected Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and even Uganda. Every Child Ministries has seen the effects firsthand in the Karamoja region of Uganda. Mark Luckey says, “There is always some food insecurity in a place like Karamoja. And then sometimes things come together, kind of the perfect storm as you might put it.”

“It’s a time when many people are starving, especially the elderly and the small children.”

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Things aren’t looking better in the future. Meteorologists have predicted a fifth-consecutive rainy season with less precipitation. When the rains do come, the recovery will still take years. Water shortages also put people at higher risk for water-borne illnesses.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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