Somalilandsun: Somaliland is among Horn of Africa countries where over 20m people are faced with starvation.
According the World Food Programme More than 20 million people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of starvation owing to worsening drought across several countries.
Of this six million of the affected people are in Somaliland and Somalia with another half a million in Kenya. Conflict in Ethiopia and Eritrea is also contributing to the unfolding humanitarian disaster.
WFP reports that a lack of expected and much-needed rain could lead to famine in the Horn of Africa – a region of eastern Africa – which is already suffering from drought and has been for several months.
The drought has led to the destruction of crops and the death of livestock. A month into the new rainy reason, the persistent lack of rain is worsening the situation.
The WFP has increased its estimate of the numbers at risk of starvation from 14 million to 20 million.
This includes six million people in Somalia (including the self-declared Republic of Somaliland) and half a million in Kenya. Conflict in Ethiopia and Eritrea is also contributing to the unfolding humanitarian disaster.
The situation has been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, which has limited supplies of food and fertilisers across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
The Horn of Africa – incorporating Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, along with Kenya and several other bordering countries – has a population estimated at more than 290 million.
In November 2021 it was already estimated that a billion people worldwide, including 239 million across Africa, were at risk of malnutrition.