Jaimes Thorpe wrote -
- Drought conditions in the Horn of Africa region coupled with conflict in Somalia, has affected over 13 million people in the region. WFP has declared a corporate emergency, elevating the crisis to the highest level of action.
- The United Nations says that famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle. Across the country, nearly half of the Somali population – 3.7 million people – are now in crisis, of whom an estimated 2.8 million people are in the south.
- An estimated 2,000 Somali refugees are crossing the border into Ethiopia daily, while a further 1,200 arrive in camps in Kenya every day.
- In Ethiopia and Kenya, Somali refugees arriving at camps on the border continue to register very high malnutrition rates, in excess of emergency thresholds.
- WFP is planning to feed over 11. 5 million people affected by drought across the Horn of Africa. That includes 3.7 million people in Somalia, 3.5 million people in Ethiopia and 2.7 million people in Kenya, in addition to 226,000 refugees in Ethiopia and 496,000 refugees in Kenya.
WFP has airlifted 100 mt of supplementary plumpy to Nairobi from Europe over the last week. Of this amount, enough to feed 10,000 children has arrived in Mogadishu and further flights are scheduled in the coming days.
- As the number of hungry people rises, there is a greater need for fortified, supplementary food products to combat malnutrition, especially in children
- It costs an average US $0.50 to feed a beneficiary in the Horn of Africa for one day. This is based on the average cost of our operations across Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.