Light Rains Bring Little Relief to the Horn of Africa

ETHIOPIA — Months of drought have decimated cattle populations in the Somali region of Ethiopia, leaving many families no choice but to flee homes and villages in search of food and water.

The droughts have been particularly bad in the semi-arid region of Ethiopia, with many villagers losing entire herds. Farmers too are suffering, having been forced to eat seed stores that are now necessary as the rains return.

The United Nations World Food Programme estimates that the droughts have affected some 12 million people and that aid packages will fall short by almost $400 million this year, leaving many without food or water.

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Source : United Nations World Food Programme

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