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NewsNet: Crises in the Horn of Africa

UNICEF and other aid agencies have warned that a combination of crises in the Greater Horn of Africa”including drought, conflict, disease and rising food and energy prices”is imperiling the lives of children and their families.

A broad array of news organizations has covered the potentially calamitous situations in Ethiopia, Somalia and other countries in the region, focusing particular attention on the threat of malnutrition. Read these reports from IRIN, AllAfrica.com and Bloomberg News.

Here’s also a recent UNICEF Television report on malnutrition in Ethiopia:

UNICEF and other aid agencies have warned that a combination of crises in the Greater Horn of Africa“including drought, conflict, disease and rising food and energy prices”is imperiling the lives of children and their families.

A broad array of news organizations has covered the potentially calamitous situations in Ethiopia, Somalia and other countries in the region, focusing particular attention on the threat of malnutrition. Read these reports from IRIN, AllAfrica.com and Bloomberg News.

Here’s also a recent UNICEF Television report on malnutrition in Ethiopia:

In Somalia”which has been pummeled by conflict, droughts and flooding”malnutrition rates have climbed beyond 20 percent. In Ethiopia, though millions face food insecurity because of conflict and drought, many are often cut off from aid.

Malnutrition is a major menace to child survival, contributing to half of all child deaths worldwide. UNICEF has urged the international community and donors to support efforts to respond to this and other grave threats in the Horn of Africa.

BACKGROUND NOTE: Drought and famine have long plagued the Horn of Africa. Two years ago, UNICEF released a multimedia report, Child Alert: Crisis in the Horn of Africa, highlighting the lethal consequences of drought and appealing for funds.

Have you followed UNICEF’s work in the Horn of Africa? Are you inspired to help? If so, please consider making an online donation.

2 Comments

  1. Irene Rob
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    This is so sad happening to people and especially young children.let us all do our best and help these people because they are our brothers and sisters and we should love them and reach out for them. So lets volunteer and donate to save a life, thank you.

  2. Iskandar Ibrahim
    Posted September 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to hear so much of anguish and misery arround the globe _ Africa, Asia, Latin and Mid America, Eastern Europe etc.

    It is unfortunate to hear again, the world hunger over there, but so much wealth are also at the same time abundant somewhere in the globe.

    The global crises also point out the USA & UK backed up giant companies are hungry and greedy over energy in the globe. Example the Iraq war cases, with millions of civilian death and suffering, it has not been a war to protect the world against terrorism; it is the fact of the USA / UK can’t hide, they are hungry of the world energy _ the fighting has been there classically recorded by the world history since 1920.

    So please advise requirement of balance between world hunger of energy by giant rich companies vs the world hunger over food _ basic subsistence to live on earth.

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