Monday, August 01, 2011

East Africa's Hunger and Famine

Source: The Economist
I quote from The Economist:
FOR the first time since the 1980s, the UN has declared a famine in Africa. An exceptionally severe drought is the main cause. More than 10m people are directly affected. The epicentre is in Somalia and Ethiopia—as aid agencies have made abundantly clear in their funding appeals—but the situation in neighbouring Eritrea is almost as desperate and politically much more complicated.
The map doesn't show hunger in South Sudan nor Uganda, but it must be feared that such hunger exists and should be dealt with. This should be a priority, even as development funding is likely to be cut back in the austerity budgets of the OECD nations.

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