UN raises alarm on hunger in Kenya and Eastern Africa

Mzee Karisa Charo (left) from Bandari Village, Kilifi County, is assited to save one of the cows that got stuck in the mud at Giriama ranch water pan due to hunger and emaciation. Mzee Charo said he had lost 56 goats and 55 cows to drought that has ravaged Ganze and Kaloleni sub counties. UN has warmed of more hunger. PHOTO | KAZUNGU SAMUEL | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

What you need to know:

  • In Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, a total of nearly 12 million people are currently in need of emergency food assistance, FAO calculated.
  • It included five million Somalis in that number, along with 5.6 million Ethiopians.

Persistence of severe drought is likely to push the number of hungry Kenyans beyond the 1.3 million already considered “food insecure,” a United Nations agency has warned.

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