The Worst Drought In 60 Years Stormed East Africa


Between mid-July 2011 to August of 2012, a terrible and protracted drought which is regarded as the worst to have ever happened in 60 years stormed East Africa. It caused extreme food crisis in countries like Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and some other neighboring countries. The drought whose span was about a year, caused 50,000-260,000 loss of lives and a death rate of 0.6-2.8 per 10,000 per day.

Five years old Felix, who suffered from malnutrition is examined at the Camp-Garba dispensary in Isiolo, Kenya on July 12, 2011. “My grandson here is weaker than the rest of the kids in my family because the others are older and are able to seek casual/menial jobs and buy little food with the meagre wage they get, when they don’t get any source of money they go to Isiolo town and feed from the garbage dumps there  – they have become street children in short”

The drought threatened the livelihood of about 9.5 million people in East Africa, but for the intervention of the United Nations providing relief of 1.3 billion United States Dollars, the situation could have exceeded the one yearn period and increased the loss of lives out of the drought.


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