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5 Ways You Can Help Kenya and These East African Countries Facing Starvation

5 Ways You Can Help Kenya and These East African Countries Facing Starvation

Millions of people in East Africa are on the brink of famine, but you can help change that.

Food insecurity is undoubtedly increasing around the world as most global resources have been put towards dealing with the pandemic, and climate change continues to wreak havoc.

The African continent is the worst affected by food insecurity and the situation is only deteriorating due to conflict in some regions and coping with the global pandemic in others.

According to a recent study by World Vision East Africa Hunger Emergency Response, two million people in Kenya are on the brink of starvation and in dire need of immediate food aid. These conditions have come as a result of droughts, as well as the economic knock of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenya is not the only country in the east African region that is experiencing dire hunger conditions. According to the same study, more than seven million people in East Africa have edged closer to the brink of starvation because of conflict and the pandemic’s economic impacts. It also stated that over 108,000 people in the region are currently experiencing catastrophic famine-like conditions.

“Between June and December 2020 rising conflicts in countries such as Ethiopia worsened the food insecurity situation, coupled with economic impact of lockdown which affected livelihoods and pushed millions to desperation,” the report said.

Most recently, Ethiopia’s Tigray region was officially classed as suffering from famine as a result of ongoing civil unrest, with United Nations’ humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, explaining that the region is experiencing one of the worst hunger crises globally.
“The number of people in famine conditions ... is higher than anywhere in the world, at any moment since a quarter million Somalis lost their lives in 2011,” he said in June 2021.

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