The number of people needing food aid in East Africa is climbing, according to the latest estimates released by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and is now up to 13.3 million people.
The number of people needing food aid in East Africa is climbing, according to the latest estimates released by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), now up to 13.3 million people, having increased from 12.4 million at the end of July. Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti are all affected, but Somalia suffers the direst need, with as many as 750,000 citizens in the southern regions at risk of death by starvation. But threats of violence and a lack of security have impaired the movement of humanitarian groups to those areas where people are the most desperate.
The latest assessment also predicts that the food shortages in that part of Somalia could grow even worse in the next few months, even as crops elsewhere in the region begin to come back in response to seasonal rains.
A fact sheet from the U.S. Agency for International Development provides details on the extent of the crisis and U.S. aid to the region.