Five things to know about the food crisis in the Horn of Africa
Nearly half a million children in the Horn of Africa are at risk of dying from malnutrition and disease.
July 26th, 2011
12:47 PM ET

Five things to know about the food crisis in the Horn of Africa

Editor's Note: EJ Hogendoorn is the Horn of Africa project director for the International Crisis Group and Ben Dalton is a communications & IT officer.

By EJ Hogendoorn and Ben Dalton – Special to CNN

Famine has returned to the Horn of Africa, and Somalia is the worst hit. For the first time since the early 90s, the United Nations has declared a famine in parts of southern Somalia, meaning that more than 30 percent of the population is malnourished. All told, 3.7 million Somalis are in need of immediate food aid, part of some 11.5 million in need across the Horn of Africa. Each month, huge streams of refugees cross the border into Ethiopia and Kenya–nearly 170,000 since January–spreading the humanitarian crisis with them. Tens of thousands have already died.  FULL POST

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Topics: Crisis • Famine • Food
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