Horn of Africa’s drought leading to increased food insecurity


Poor rainfall between March and mid-May of this year across the Horn of Africa is leading to increased food insecurity, a UN spokesperson said .Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said that the statement was made by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) .

The Horn of Africa has experienced a prolonged drought in 2016 and 2017.

According to Haq “As of today, nearly 13 million people are severely food insecure in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda, with that number expected to climb to 14 million by next month,” adding that nearly 800,000 children are severely malnourished and nearly 700,000 pregnant and lactating women are acutely malnourished in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Many of the areas affected by drought have also been affected by internal violence and conflict, the spokesperson added.