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Droughts, conflict, and lack of funding leave millions of east Africans at risk of famine

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 02 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4046
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    A “severe and persistent five year drought” has left more than 20 million people in desperate need of food throughout east Africa. Launching an appeal this week, Oxfam said that the worst affected countries are Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda. Other countries hit are Djibouti, Sudan, and Tanzania.

    The charity, one of several to launch separate emergency appeals in the past few days, warned, “The aid response to the crisis needs to rapidly expand, but it is desperately short of funds.”

    The United Nations World Food Programme is facing a $977m (£612m; €672m) shortfall in donations for its work in the Horn of Africa in the next …

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