Aid agencies fear for future of pastoralists in Horn of Africa

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 08 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:958
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    Humanitarian agencies are warning that the Horn of Africa faces widespread malnutrition, with some areas on the verge of disaster.

    There is particular concern for the region's 20 million nomadic herders or pastoralists, whose children are among the “most vulnerable in the world,” says Unicef. Pastoralists live mostly in arid and semi-arid areas, characterised by scarcity of water, poor communications infrastructure, little investment, and a lack of basic services—only 20% of their children go to school.

    Most of the region has been affected by conflict. Somalia, where more than half the population are pastoralists, has been particularly affected. Health facilities …

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